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India seeks to improve ‘shameful’ adoption record

March 31, 2015 0 comments

India, adoption

Government officials in India have proposed measures to improve the country’s “shameful” adoption record. Maneka Gandhi, the country’s cabinet minister for women and children, said it was “inexcusable” that potential parents were often waiting three or four years to complete an adoption, and proposed “to overhaul the system so it takes not more than four…

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Youth services need legal protection, group claims

March 31, 2015 0 comments

Youth

A coalition of 30 voluntary youth organisations has called on the Labour Party to include statutory protection for children’s services in its general election manifesto. Choose Youth has launched a campaign focused on the issue, urging Labour to incorporate services for young people in law in order to protect their funding and status if Labour…

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Nobody teaches you how to be a parent by John Bolch

March 31, 2015 0 comments

family life

Most of us enter parenthood, one of the most difficult and important tasks in our lives, with no formal training or instruction. The only experience we have of it comes from our own childhood, witnessing the parenting efforts of our own parents, whether good or bad. Otherwise, we simply muddle along, doing what we believe…

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Foster carer granted special guardianship order

March 31, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The foster carer of a two year-old boy will continue to look after him under a special guardianship order, the Family Court has ruled. The toddler was born in England on 1 January 2013 to French-speaking parents from the Congo region in central Africa. He was no less than 33 weeks premature at birth. Then,…

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Abused children taken into care

March 31, 2015 0 comments

Lancashire

Three children have been taken into care after a Family Court judge ruled they had been abused by their father. In Lancashire CC v C (Allegations of Abuse), the family lived in Yorkshire until 2013, when the mother left the father and took the children with her. Shortly after the move to Lancashire, the local…

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Justice Minister endorses ‘child inclusive mediation’

March 31, 2015 0 comments

Simon Hughes, Justice Minister

Justice Minister Simon Hughes has endorsed ‘child focused mediation’. The MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark gave his backing to mediation centred on the best interests of children in his response to a report published by an external advisory group called the Voice of the Child. This was established by Hughes to explore the inclusion…

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Children taken away from corporal punishment father

March 30, 2015 0 comments

Rotherham

Two children have been taken away from their father after he defended the use of corporal punishment. Rotherham Borough Metropolitan Council v L & Ors concerned the man’s youngest child. The eldest had already been taken into care by the local authority and placed with his maternal uncle. This action was taken because of the…

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