This report looks at:
- factors which influence parent’s child maintenance behaviour and which inhibit them from making arrangements
- the type of support needed to make an arrangement, particularly those made between parents
- parent’s reactions to 6 propositions for support interventions designed to encourage them to put in place arrangements
The research was commissioned because there was limited evidence on barriers and support interventions related to child maintenance arrangements for long-term separated parents. This is relevant as we expect an increase in this group contacting Child Maintenance (CM) Options due to the closure of Child Support Agency (CSA) cases.
We will use the findings from this research to promote parents’ awareness and engagement with CM Options. The findings will also inform the design of support interventions to encourage parents to make child maintenance arrangements.
Authors: Caroline Roper and Amrita Sood (GfK NOP).