What changes are best?

“Family separation or divorce is one of the greatest,
least-recognised health risks to our children.”

The Two Wishes Foundation is working with international partners to develop a modern approach for dealing with family separation or divorce – one based on scientific evidence of what’s best for the long-term wellbeing of children and families, not on family law (which otherwise dominates this subject in many countries around the world).

We have representatives around the globe finding and highlighting examples of world’s best practices, and we have trawled the academic literature to find the best ideas, programs, practices and pilot schemes and create evidence-based policies and recommendations that are best for children and their families. We are always open to input, debate and further evidence that will contribute towards enhancing these recommendations.

The current systems we have in place around the world are harming children every day. The implementation of this fresh approach to family breakdown is urgent if we’re to protect the next generation from the harm and trauma to which many children are exposed today.

What type of changes, reforms or programs will lead to the greatest and most cost-effective improvements? 

The chart below illustrates that educational programs and early interventions are likely to improve the wellbeing of separating families and children significantly more than changes to family law.