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New Nuffield FJO research

Please see the below from the Nuffied FJO

Dear all,

Today we are publishing two new reports by the University of East Anglia and NatCen Social Research. They explore how contact between children living in residential, foster or kinship care and their birth families has been happening through lockdown, and what international research tells us about the impact of digital contact—which we found is now being widely adopted—on children's wellbeing.

We know that contact arrangements have been heavily disrupted by recent face-to-face restrictions and that carers, families and professionals have had to swiftly adapt. But we also wanted to know whether there are lessons emerging which could guide future practice and positively impact children and families’ experiences of contact beyond the pandemic.

This is an issue we will continue to follow over the coming weeks and months so do subscribe to our regular bulletin for further updates, or stay in touch with us via


Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

Please click here to read Contact during lockdown: How are children and their birth families keeping in touch?

Please click here to read The effects of digital contact on children’s well-being: evidence from public and private law contexts