Brothers isolated by mother to remain in foster care

October 10, 2017 0 comments

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Three teenage brothers living with their mentally ill mother developed a “narcissistic cult” amongst themselves and had suffered emotional harm, a High Court Judge has declared. In The London Borough of Wandsworth v M and Others, the boys, aged 13, 15, and 17, had come to believe they were so much cleverer than most other…

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Northumberland County Council ‘failed’ vulnerable family

October 9, 2017 0 comments

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Northumberland County Council did not do enough to protect a vulnerable family from their own son, the Local Government Ombudsman has declared. The teenager had severe behavioural problems. On one occasion he put a knife to his mother’s throat. On another he threatened to stab his younger siblings. Eventually, the teen was forcibly removed from…

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Stubborn teen to be treated for overdose

October 4, 2017 0 comments

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Doctors treating a 14 year-old girl who had taken an overdose must treat her despite her refusal to consent, a High Court Judge ruled this summer. The teen in question, ‘YZ’, has been rushed to the A&E department of Plymouth hospital one night in July after telling a neighbour that she had taken an overdose….

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More mothers in the workforce

September 29, 2017 25 comments

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Significantly more mothers are now employed than were earning only 11 years ago, the Office for National Statistics has revealed. In a fresh analysis of data from two existing surveys – the Labour Force Survey and the Annual Population Survey, the ONS discovered that the percentage of mothers in paid employment now stands at 73.7…

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Spotlight thrown on language development in children

September 28, 2017 0 comments

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More attention should be paid to how well young children acquire language, a charity has claimed. Language acquisition is a vital indication of a child’s overall wellbeing according to the Early Intervention Foundation – of similar importance to timely vaccinations and the avoidance of obesity. Trouble learning to speak is linked, they say, to significant…

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Domestic abuse: 77% rise in children affected

September 26, 2017 2 comments

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The number of children affected by domestic abuse has risen significantly in the last four years, according to the NSPCC. The charity reports that, last year, they received 4,749 calls from adults concerned about abusive or violent behaviour around children. This is a staggering 77 per cent increase from 2012-13. Calls were made when people…

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Mothers and siblings ‘as significant as spouses’

September 26, 2017 0 comments

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An adult’s mother and siblings can be just as important to their mental health as the relationship they have with a spouse. Researchers from Iowa State University have suggested that mid-life depression may be the result of tension with these members of the family. The team gathered data from 495 adults from 254 families, asking…

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Male DV victim reaches settlement after his address revealed

September 25, 2017 2 comments

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An ambassador for a male domestic violence charity has reached an out-of-court settlement with a council which published his address. Ian McNicholl suffered violence a decade ago at the hands of a woman who subsequently received a seven year jail sentence for GBH. Later he informed Hull City Council that he remained in fear for…

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