Supporting families through transition

Over the past few decades, there have been fundamental changes to the family. Societal changes, such as the role of women, acceptance of difference in sexual orientation, and policy changes, such as to divorce and employment, mean that families are probably more heterogeneous than ever before.

This makes it difficult to design policies responsive to families which are increasingly different, disjointed and yet intimately and complexly connected to other families.

In this section, contributors cover the changing shape of the family (for example, lone parents and adoptive parents) and consider what happens when families separate.

The traditional single male breadwinner family is declining and the growth of single-parent families and other new kinds of family present many new challenges for government.

Ipsos MORI, 2009