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    Siblings, contact and the law: an overlooked relationship?

    Monk, Daniel and Macvarish, Jan (2019) Siblings, contact and the law: an overlooked relationship? Family Law 50 , pp. 180-187. ISSN 0014-7281.

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    Over the last twenty years research about siblings has emerged across a number of disciplines. The starting point for much of this work has been the identification of a paradox: that sibling relationships both have a significant impact on people and play a key role in foundational biblical and classical stories, but that very little scholarly attention has been paid to them. The aim of our recently published research about siblings, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, had two broad aims. First to map where siblings are referred to in law and secondly, to examine the role that law plays in the specific context of public law proceedings, which often result in siblings being separated with little and sometimes no provision for direct contact. The key findings and recommendations from the research were published in the December issue of Fam Law and a more detailed summary and the full report are available from the Nuffield Foundation website ( Here we discuss two aspects of our findings. First the place of siblings in law generally and, secondly, the reluctance to use contact orders for sustaining siblings separated in public law proceedings.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Daniel Monk
    Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 10:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:47


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