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Home Office: Families

Question for Home Office

UIN 119116, tabled on 12 December 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2017 to Question HL3576, what steps her Department is taking to strengthen families.

Answered on

18 June 2018

The Home Office has a comprehensive range of policies and measures to strengthen families. These include:Ability to marry and forced marriage prevention policies that directly support healthy couple formation, facilitating civil ceremonies beyond register offices, marriages in accordance with religious beliefs, same sex marriage, data sharing on marriage services, and protection against coercion.

Birth and marriage registration policies that directly support co-parenting, facilitating both parents being able to acknowledge parental responsibility in a range of scenarios, and which allow children to know both their parents.

Birth legislation and policy that supports the inclusion of fathers’ details in all birth registrations, as far as practicable. Immigration family policy that helps avoid family breakdown by allowing non-EEA partners, children, parents and adult dependents to join or remain in the UK with a British citizen or person settled in the UK.

Domestic abuse policy that indirectly helps reduce family breakdown, supporting victims and their families who have suffered abuse, and ensuring perpetrators are dealt with effectively. Until 2020, the Government is providing £100 million of dedicated funding for tackling violence against women and girls, and the number of domestic abuse victims across the country has been steadily falling.

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