The Department of Family Policy is concerned with research into the formation of families and their stability. The main research areas comprise issues surrounding childlessness and incomplete, reconstituted and multi-child families and their socio-economic conditions. The development of families is monitored in connection with family and social policies, especially from the point of view of the benefits and tax systems, the Labour Code and services for families. Moreover, the department addresses topics concerning the social and legal protection of children, for example the impacts of parental conflict and separation on children and substitute family care. Significant attention is also devoted to research on various issues surrounding homelessness. All the research conducted by the department is long-term and based on the detailed analysis of demographic and sociological data.