School transport: parents of disabled kids must work less

September 11, 2017 1 comment

disability, children

Many parents of disabled children have had to cut down their working hours or leave their jobs in order to get their children to school. In a newly published survey from disabled children’s charity Contact, almost half – 48 per cent – of parents claimed that problems with school transport had negatively affected their work….

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The rules parents don’t expect to make

September 10, 2017 0 comments

family law

Raising a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a person’s life, but it never comes without challenges. Parents must act as protectors, advocates and guides for the children while they are young – and many continue to do so even after their kids have become adults in their own right. Rules…

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Ending it all: divorce and suicide

September 9, 2017 5 comments

family life

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday (September 10), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has summarised its latest statistics on the prevalence of this drastic act. A total of 4,941 people ended their lives in England and Wales last year, the ONS explains, noting that the three demographic groups most at risk are:…

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Activist: Father’s Day ‘should be renamed’

September 8, 2017 9 comments

family law

An Australian activist has caused outrage online after she suggested Father’s Day should be renamed “Special Person’s Day”. Dr Red Ruby Scarlet, who has a doctorate in early childhood studies, believes that the change would be beneficial to many children, as well as wider families. During a recent appearance on Australian television, she said her…

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Tory MPs want Families Minister

September 8, 2017 4 comments

family life

Plans for the creation of a new Minister for Families role have attracted widespread support in Parliament, with 44 Conservative MPs as well as eight peers backing the idea. If created the post would, supporters say, improve the co-ordination of family-centred policies across government. MPs in favour include Nicky Morgan, Tim Loughton and Iain Duncan…

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Children increasingly ‘not ready for school’

September 6, 2017 4 comments

family law

The number of young children who are not ready for school has increased in the last five years, according to headteachers. In a survey of 780 school leaders, 86 per cent believed children’s overall readiness to participate in the classroom when they begin primary school has declined in that time. Almost a quarter – 24…

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Joint bank accounts ‘cause divorce’

September 5, 2017 0 comments

More than a quarter of people believe joints accounts are a bad idea which could lead to arguments and even divorce. Opinium Research polled 2,005 adults living together or married on behalf of financial website Moneymagpie.com – and 34 per cent said they preferred to keep their finances separate. The great majority of these respondents…

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