Parents of boys save more for college

September 25, 2017 0 comments

family law

Parents who only have boys save more money for their children’s college education than those who have girls. In a recent survey of more than 1,000 parents with children between eight and 14 years old, half of those who only had sons already had money saved for higher education. However this was only true of…

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Parents get 1 hour a day to themselves

September 23, 2017 0 comments

family law

British parents get less than one hour to themselves every day, a new study has revealed. A poll of 2,000 parents found that, on average, the amount of time they have to themselves in a single day is just 48 minutes. For most this does not occur until almost 9pm but one in ten does…

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A quarter of teen girls say they’re depressed

September 21, 2017 1 comment

family law

Depression is more common amongst teenagers than previously suspected according to new research. A team at University College London analysed data relating to over 10,000 children, examining typical emotional issues across childhood. They found little difference between boys and girls up the age of 11 but then the sexes begin to divide. By the age…

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Ofsted calls for relationship education

September 20, 2017 7 comments

family life

Lessons in what constitutes healthy relationships should be a greater priority for schools, Ofsted has concluded. Working with the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Ofsted examines the damaging experiences of children who have suffered domestic abuse in a new report. Amongst other examples, it cites the disruption caused…

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Judiciary to reconsider fee-charging McKenzie Friends

September 15, 2017 1 comment

McKenzie Friends

The Judiciary is to reconsider a ban on the charging of fees by McKenzie Friends after a consultation on the plans attracted critical feedback. The plan dates back to February last year, when the Office of the Lord Chief Justice launched a consultation into the role the informal advisors known as McKenzie Friends should play…

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London Borough failed to consult mother

September 15, 2017 0 comments

learning difficulties

The London Borough of Lewisham failed to properly involve a mother when it decided to cut the benefits provided to her two sons with learning difficulties. That was the conclusion reached by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman following a recent investigation. The south London Borough did not consult their mother when it cut…

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Iceland asks: what’s in a name?

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September 15, 2017 0 comments

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Inhabitants of the isolated North Atlantic nation of Iceland have begun t to chafe against strict rules on what they can and can’t name their children. An official government organisation – the Mannanafnanefnd (|Personal Names Committee) – has specified the names which Icelandic parents may give their children since 1991. Staffed by three academics, the…

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Grandparents hate ‘unusual’ baby names

September 13, 2017 1 comment

family law

Grandparents hate it when their children choose unusual names for their babies such as Aurora, Noah and Finn. In a recent survey of 2,000 parents and grandparents by parenting sites Mumsnet and Gransnet, 19 per cent of grandparents said they hate or have hated names their children chose. This displeasure is not always kept a…

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Husband installs cameras to record his abuse

September 12, 2017 2 comments

family law

A 45 year-old husband resorted to installing cameras in his house to provide evidence of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his wife. The man secretly set up the cameras throughout his £200,000 home in Greater Manchester as he was convinced he would not be believed otherwise. The couple have been together for…

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