Forced marriage calls at all time high

July 31, 2017 1 comment

family law

The number of young people calling Childline citing fears of forced marriage rose in the last year. The NSPCC claims they held 205 over-the-phone counselling sessions on this subject in 2016/17. This is a 12 per cent increase from the 183 in 2015/16 and is the highest number recorded in a single year. Additionally, the…

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Children with mental health issues ‘delayed in hospital’

July 31, 2017 4 comments

mental health

Teenagers suffering from mental health problems are often delayed in hospital because there is no suitable community support available. According to research organisation the Education Policy Institute, children and young people with mental health difficulties spent no less than 9,000 unnecessary days in hospital between October 2015 and February this year. In some cases they…

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Regret is ‘beneficial for children’

July 30, 2017 3 comments

family law

Children who deal with feelings of regret can benefit from the experience, according to a new study. Despite popular mantras about living without regret, researchers from Queen’s University in Belfast have suggested that the emotion can play “crucial role in helping children to make better decisions”. This claim was made following a series of experiments…

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16 year divorce battle reaches the Court of Appeal

July 29, 2017 1 comment

family law

An acrimonious 16 year divorce battle has reached the Court of Appeal. A wealthy former British Airways captain has been engaged in litigation with his third wife over various financial issues since they divorced in 2001, making the dispute one of the longest on record. He insists that her teenage daughter was fathered by another…

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Arrests made after 5 year-old’s forced marriage

July 28, 2017 1 comment

family law

Several people have been arrested in Pakistan after a five year-old girl was forced to marry a 22 year-old man. The groom, his father and the man who performed the ceremony are reported to be among those who have been taken into Police custody. The girl and her mother were also arrested and are likely…

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