Raising an American child now costs $233,000

January 21, 2017 0 comments

family life

The average cost of raising a child to adulthood has now reached $233,610 (£189,000), the United States Department of Agriculture has reported. Although the topic may at first glance appear to be outside its remit, the Department of Agriculture has in fact been tracking the cost of raising a child from birth to their 18th…

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Trust to take over child protection in Birmingham

January 18, 2017 0 comments

family law

An independent trust will assume responsibility for child protection in England’s second largest city next year. The children’s services department of Birmingham City Council has been the subject of harsh criticism from Ofsted. In 2013 it was dubbed a “national disgrace” by Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw and as recently as November, the inspectorate stressed…

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UK risks ‘fatherhood penalty’

January 16, 2017 6 comments

family law

British fathers are becoming increasingly stressed as they struggle to find a good work-life balance, a charity claims. This week, Working Families published the results of a 2,750-parent survey they had carried out. This annual document, called the Modern Families Index, revealed that as many as 47 per cent of fathers want to change their…

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Parents reunited with daughter after 18 years

January 16, 2017 0 comments

family law

A Florida girl who was abducted as a new-born baby has been reunited with her parents after 18 years. Kamiyah Mobley was taken from the hospital she was born in by a woman posing as a member of staff when she was only eight hours old. The woman told Kamiyah’s mother that the baby had…

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Children ‘busier than parents’

January 13, 2017 0 comments

family law

Children are reportedly busier during the week than their parents. A newly published study of 2,000 parents has suggested that schoolchildren are “over-scheduled” with extra-curricular activities. They are apparently doing some form of activity for 46 hours throughout the week. By contrast, the average parent puts in around 37.5 hours. Children spend around 30 hours…

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Children want lessons in relationships

January 12, 2017 0 comments

children, family law

Almost three quarters of UK children think their school should provide compulsory lessons in relationships and sex. In a survey of 1,000 youngsters between 11 and 15 years old, 74 per cent said being taught about these issues in an age-appropriate way would help them stay safe. Online protection was also an important issue to…

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Cafcass presses for domestic violence changes

January 9, 2017 4 comments

family law

Cafcass has called for changes to the way Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes (DVPPs) are run. As the name suggests, these are aimed at individuals who have admitted abusive behaviour towards other family members. Designed to help them change their behaviour, they are delivered via the family courts in private cases and aimed solely at men….

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Labour peer under fire for women-only bursary

January 5, 2017 0 comments

family life

A Labour peer has been criticised for limiting a university bursary to female students. Shami Chakrabati, the former director of human rights organisation Liberty, was appointed to the House of Lords in August and is also Chancellor of Essex University. Yesterday she announced a new bursary for women studying for master’s degrees at the university,…

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The importance of the refuge

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January 5, 2017 0 comments

domestic violence

It was with some dismay that I read on Tuesday that the women’s refuge in Sunderland may be forced to close, due to lack of funding. If it does close, then Sunderland will be the only major city in the UK without a refuge, a dubious honour which I suspect it may not hold for…

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