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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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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