Improving Justice in Child Contact (IJCC) research project

Details about our 'Improving Justice in Child Contact (IJCC)' partnership research project.

Improving Justice in Child Contact

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The Improving Justice in Child Contact (IJCC) project is about stakeholders working together to develop actions to improve children’s participation in child contact procedings in each specific country context. In our latest blogs we look at ways for engaging with children and young people to understand and include their views.

> How do we ensure that children are included and their views are respected?

> Our journey through Power Up/Power Down in Portugal

We have also got blogs written by our young experts, about what it is like to advise a project like IJCC, from our partners in different countries about the different needs and contexts we are all working in and from the project team on what children affected by domestic abuse want from child contact systems – they want systems to tell the perpetrator of domestic abuse to stop being abusive and to say sorry.

Improving Justice in Child Contact (IJCC) is a partnership research project across five European countries, running from November 2018 - November 2020

The project's goal is participation of children and young people in decisions around child contact for families affected by domestic violence. This project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014 - 2020).

Children and young people are at the heart of the work. Each country will be exploring ways for children and young people to participate in their particular context. Partners will start by looking at two models which have been explored in Scotland:

  • A domestic abuse children’s rights officer;
  • Power Up/Power Down, a partnership project between Scottish Women’s Aid and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland, a blueprint for directly engaging with children affected by domestic abuse.

We will also be looking at the things that help and the things that stop children’s views being heard in child contact decisions for families affected by domestic violence. Each research partner will work with key organisations (e.g. police, social work, judiciary), as well as children and young people, to agree what needs to be done in their countries.

The project will be evaluated using methods based on contribution analysis. Learning from the project will be shared within each partner country, across the project partners working together, and also with the public and stakeholders more widely.

Research partners


Български център за джендър изследванияBulgarian Gender Research Foundation


Μεσογειακό Ινστιτούτο Μελετών Κοινωνικού ΦύλουMediterranean Institute for Gender Studies


Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção SocialCentre for Studies for Social Intervention

UMAR – União de Mulheres Alternativa e RespostaWomen's Union for Alternative and Response


Fundatia Centrul de Mediere si Securitate ComunitaraCommunity Safety and Mediation Centre Foundation


Matter of Focus

Scottish Women’s Aid

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh

Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Further information

For further information, contact the project team at the at the University of Edinburgh.

Contact the project team

Professor Kay Tisdall

Dr Ruth Friskney

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Image from 'one thousand words' © Laura Dodsworth


If you are looking for advice or information about domestic abuse, support is available 24 hours a day through Scotland’s domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234,

Information on help available throughout Europe can be accessed through Women Against Violence Europe.

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Project's funding

This project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).

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