Abducted children could be stranded after Brexit

August 22, 2017 1 comment

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Children abducted abroad by alienated parents could be stranded if Britain and the EU cease judicial cooperation following the departure of the UK. In a newly published policy paper, the government sets out its hopes for cooperation between English and EU member state courts after Brexit, and outlines possible outcomes if negotiations end without an…

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Parents struggle to meet cost of raising children

August 22, 2017 2 comments

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Many low income parents in the UK cannot meet the cost of raising a child, a charity claims. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has said the combination of price increases and benefit freezes has made it much more difficult for poor families to get by. In fact, a two-parent household with both adults earning…

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Children should have ‘new right to privacy’

August 21, 2017 2 comments

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Children should have their own right to online privacy academics have claimed. In a new report from the University of Winchester, researchers suggest that children’s online privacy rights should be distinct from those of their parents and any decisions they may make about publishing photos and videos of them on social media and video sharing…

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Young people to be offered mental health support

August 18, 2017 1 comment

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Young people are to receive government-funded mental health support under a new initiative for teenagers. The National Citizen Service (NCS) offers a range of summer holiday experiences to young people aged 15 to 17, aimed at helping them to develop their life and employment skills. Approximately 100,000 participants are expected this year. Prime Minister Theresa…

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Visits from family reduce reoffending

August 15, 2017 2 comments

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Prisoners who regularly receive visits from family members are much less likely to reoffend according to new research. Reoffending rates fall by as much as 39 per cent when family members remain involved, according to the Ministry of Justice report. The finding is based on an analysis conducted by Tory peer Lord Farmer and the…

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50,000 homeless children

August 15, 2017 2 comments

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As many as 50,000 children across the country live in homeless families according to new research. The housing charity Crisis has claimed there may now be as many as 160,000 families without a home, and around 57,000 of these include children. Some live with both couples while others are with lone parents. The finding was…

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Father fails in bid to remove judge

August 14, 2017 4 comments

A father caught up in an acrimonious contact dispute has been refused permission to force the judge to leave the case. The parents in question married back in 2010 but separated three years later. Their daughter, ‘E’, was born in 2011, and after the divorce both parents initially shared care, with the father looking after…

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140,000 children face abuse or neglect risk

August 14, 2017 4 comments

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As many as 140,000 children could miss out on support after being abused or neglected as a result of cuts to local authorities. Many councils now do not have the financial resources to intervene every time they receive reports of vulnerable children from teachers, police or doctors, according to recently published figures. Charity Action for…

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Keeping secrets from parents?

August 13, 2017 1 comment

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It’s perfectly natural for children to keep secrets. Be it from their friends, their siblings or even their parents. Adults like to believe that their children will always be honest with them but a cursory look back at their own childhoods should make them realise that is not true. Though surely parents can tell when…

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Fertility clinic error caused ‘hurt and distress’

August 11, 2017 1 comment

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The female partner of a woman who gave birth to a child following fertility treatment is entitled a declaration of parenthood, the High Court has ruled. The couple in question lived together but were not married or in a civil partnership. They underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Nottingham regulated by the Human Fertilisation…

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