Children’s happiness at ‘lowest since 2010’

September 3, 2017 0 comments

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British children are generally unhappier than they have been since 2010, a new report suggests. This week, The Children’s Society published its sixth annual Good Childhood Report, which records various data from around 3,000 children between the ages of ten and 17 and their parents. They were asked about their experiences with 27 possible hardships…

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Yorkshire domestic violence help ‘at risk’

August 31, 2017 1 comment

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A Yorkshire centre which helps victims of domestic violence faces the prospect of closure due to budget cuts. Opening its doors more than 40 years ago, the Doncaster-based service has been told that the local council will not provide it with any further funding. This is not the first time the Doncaster office has been…

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Children living with one parent ‘more stressed’

August 31, 2017 1 comment

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Children who live with one of their parents full-time experience more stress than those who split their time between both. Researchers from Stockholm University in Sweden have suggested that spending so much time away from one parent can lead children to worry about them. The child can also lose out on time with other relatives…

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A quarter of parents move house for good school

August 27, 2017 1 comment

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Almost a quarter of British parents have moved house so their children will qualify for a place in a better school. In a recent survey, 24 per cent admitted they had either bought or rented property within the catchment area of the school they wanted their children to attend. One in five – 20 per…

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Surge in reports of child neglect

August 24, 2017 1 comment

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There has been a huge, 61 per cent increase in reports of child neglect over the past five years, a charity has claimed. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) received just under 19,500 calls over the last 12 months it reports – and the majority of these were serious enough…

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Abducted children could be stranded after Brexit

August 22, 2017 2 comments

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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 5 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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