Education written question – answered on 23rd March 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the issue of conflicts in the family.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

The Department has commissioned and is evaluating the following pieces of research which cover the issue of conflicts in the family:

In 2009, the Department commissioned research on the separating parents child poverty pilots. The separating parents child poverty pilots are testing how to better co-ordinate support and services for parents who are separating or have recently separated. The evaluation study looking at the effectiveness of these pilots will complete in spring 2011.

In 2010, the Department commissioned the evaluation of the Parenting Information Programme (PIP). The PIP is a contact activity supporting parents to focus on the needs of their child following their separation, to improve their relations and help them reach an amicable agreement on contact arrangements. The evaluation will provide evidence on the effectiveness of the PIP ordered by courts to support contact agreements, along with the sustainability and quality of these arrangements. This research is due to end in March 2011.

In 2006, the then Department for Children, Schools and Families commissioned the National Centre for Social Research to conduct a programme of research to monitor and evaluate family intervention projects (FIPS) as they were then known. Family intervention services work with the most challenging families and tackle issues such as antisocial behaviour, youth crime, unmet health issues, family functioning and domestic violence concerns, issues at school (such as truancy/exclusion), poor housing and unemployment in families. This programme of work is currently ongoing and the data it generates is used to inform official statistical releases which provide a range of information about family interventions. The most recent official statistical release can be found at:


In addition, data from the monitoring of FIPS has been used to develop further commentary and analysis of the families receiving the intervention services. This additional information was published by the Department for Education in November 2010 in the report "Monitoring and Evaluation of Family Interventions". This report can be found at:


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