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What Lies Behind the Statistics?

Centre for Child & Family Justice Research

A podcast series which examines the interpretative work of compiling statistics, and shares conversations with parents, policy makers and practitioners about the implications of findings.

This series is produced by researchers at the Universities of Lancaster and Swansea. The team is called the Family Justice Data Partnership and we are pioneering the use of large scale anonymised data to ask pressing questions about family justice.

We are grateful to our funders who are the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and ADR UK (UKRI and ESRC).

All our work benefits from, and would not be possible, without collaborations with families, practitioners and policy makers.

Special thanks to Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru.

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