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The Ministry of Justice has released a report which explores the longer-term outcomes of conciliation, two years after the original intervention. It examines the longer term impact of conciliation on re-litigation, contact patterns, co-parenting, contact problems and adult and child wellbeing.
The key findings of the report were:
The report concludes that although conciliation is an effective way of reaching agreements and restoring contact over the short-term, it has a limited impact on making contact work for children in the long-term.
The report goes on to recommend the development of a more relationship-based or therapeutically-orientated interventions in addition to conciliation which would target parental attitudes, help them work together as co-parents thereby improving the quality of contact.
The full report can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/research211107.htm.