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Research & Publications at Gingerbread NI

Research is vital to the work of Gingerbread NI as it enables us to speak with authority on behalf of one parent families in Northern Ireland.  Usually, professional researchers and academics are commissioned to undertake research into particular areas of concern or interest to one parent families locally.


We use research to raise awareness of the needs and aspirations of one parent families, often publishing reports and holding seminars, conferences or media work to draw attention to the findings. We aim to influence service providers and policy makers by making them more aware of the circumstances of one parent families and more responsive to their needs.

In this section we have incorporated other research documents which we believe are relevant to lone parents in Northern Ireland and other publications which may be of interest to you

Past Research topics have included:

  • identifying the barriers facing lone parents taking up work
  • looking at the needs of young lone parents
  • examining the circumstances of young people growing up in one parent families
  • area based needs assessments

You can view PDFs of some of our research and other publications by following these links: