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Fractured families, fractured systems: overcoming the silo mentality in family justice work

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This article comments on the detrimental effects of inter-parental conflict, hostile parenting, and acrimonious divorce proceedings in terms of child outcomes, adult mental health, and quantifiable costs to the taxpayer. It refers to the growing concern that fragmentation within the family justice system works against supporting families through change. It draws upon the research conducted over many years by Tavistock Relationships in understanding the connection between family structures and professional systems, and suggests inter-agency collaboration as one way of mitigating obstacles. It puts forward the idea of developing cross-discipline consultative groups as a way of integrating services within the family justice system, and presents an example where this model has been informally trialled with some success.

Keywords: BALINT GROUPS; COUPLES; DIVORCE; FAMILIES; FAMILY JUSTICE SYSTEM; INTER-AGENCY COLLABORATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2021

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