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“Disappointing” growth in children placed outside home areas

September 20, 2017 0 comments

children in care

A continuing rise in the number of children being sent to residential homes outside their home areas is “bitterly disappointing”, MPs have claimed. Recently published government statistics reveal that more than 4,000 youngsters had been placed in residential homes outside their local authority areas by the end of March last year: nearly 80 per cent…

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Sharp rise in Israelis blacklisted from marriage

September 19, 2017 0 comments

marriage

The number of Israelis banned from marrying by the rabbinical courts has leapt in recent years according to local campaigners. These traditional raddinical courts govern marriage and divorce in Israel, even amongst non-religious residents. Despite popular support, civil marriage remains unavailable in the Middle East’s most Westernised country. Amongst their powers are compiling lists of…

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Welcoming our new High Court judges

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September 19, 2017 0 comments

family law

Over the last month three new Family Division High Court judges have been appointed, with effect from 2 October. I have been doing a little background reading on them, including having a look at one of the cases they were involved in whilst practising as barristers, and I thought I would share what I have…

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Judge asks: why wasn’t court money spent on therapy?

September 19, 2017 2 comments

family law

A family court judge has questioned a local authority’s decision to spend money on care proceedings for the second child born to a vulnerable mother rather than offer her therapy. The case concerned a five month-old baby girl who had been placed with a foster family under a temporary care order. The same family had…

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Less attractive husbands are key to happy relationships

September 19, 2017 0 comments

family law

Relationships are stronger when the man is less attractive than the woman, a new study suggests. Researchers from Florida State University (FSU) and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, surveyed 113 newlywed couples in their 20s. Each pair had been married less than four months at the time of the study. Full body photographs were…

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Councils to advise struggling London Borough

September 19, 2017 0 comments

London, Family Law

The London Borough of Islington and Lincolnshire County Council have agreed to become “intervention advisors” at the troubled London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Earlier this year the children’s services department at Tower Hamlets was declared ‘inadequate’ by the inspectorate Ofsted. Its strongly-worded criticisms included the suggestion that child protection had “significantly deteriorated” since the previous…

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Mental health support ‘urgently needed’ for care leavers

September 18, 2017 1 comment

family law

As many as two thirds of care leavers with mental health issues are not receiving any help, a charity has claimed. Research from Barnardo’s suggests that out of the 26,340 care leavers in England, nearly half may be suffering from mental health problems. In a recently published report, the charity also claims that as many…

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Male primary school teachers ‘heading for extinction’

September 18, 2017 1 comment

education

The number of male teachers in Australia is now so low they may disappear from primary schools altogether within 50 years, new research suggests. A long-term analysis of male teacher numbers was conducted by researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney. They identified a sharp fall in the percentage of men in the classroom over the…

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