Social workers at West Yorkshire council plan more strikes

August 17, 2017 0 comments

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Social workers at a troubled council in West Yorkshire may begin a further series of strikes  next month reports suggest. Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council is currently rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted – but social workers claim staffing shortages and heavy workloads lie behind many of the problems. Following months of unrest, 240 members of trade union…

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Counselling scheme cuts domestic violence offences

August 16, 2017 1 comment

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A counselling scheme for first-time offenders in domestic violence cases has reportedly cut further incidents by almost a third. Researchers from Cambridge University focused on 300 men who had been arrested by Hampshire Police for different types of domestic abuse, such as assault, threatening behaviour or criminal damage. None of them had a criminal record…

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Adoption, child support, divorce and more

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August 11, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law Over £52 million has now been released through the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped 22,000 children, the Department for Education has announced. The fund, which was launched across England in May 2015, has reached almost 18,000 homes, providing “much-needed emotional support”. Announcing the success of the fund, Minister for…

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