Senior judge worried for welfare of suicidal teen

August 4, 2017 3 comments

family life

The life of a suicidal teenage girl will be put seriously at risk if no hospital bed can be found for her within days, Britain’s most senior family law judge has claimed. In a hard-hitting ruling, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, said we would have “blood on our hands” if the situation…

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Woman sues ex-boyfriend for fraud

July 11, 2017 1 comment

family life

A woman from Wimbledon in South London has sued her former boyfriend for no less than £1.1 million, claiming he deceived her out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. He told her he was a multi-millionaire she insists, adding however, that his fortune had been tied up by an ongoing divorce dispute. His wealth included,…

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Stalking victims ‘let down’ by the Police and CPS

July 6, 2017 1 comment

family life

Victims of stalking and harassment are frequently failed by the Police and Crown Prosecution Service thanks to poor reporting, regional inconsistencies and a general failure to grasp the true nature of the issue. That was the conclusion of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in a newly published joint report with the Crown Prosecution Service…

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Former actor appointed shadow childcare minister

July 5, 2017 1 comment

family law

The Labour Party has appointed a former Coronation Street actress to the role of shadow childcare minister. Tracey Brabin appeared on the iconic TV soap between 1994 and 1997 and went on to enjoy a successful career as a TV, film and theatre actress. She also became a scriptwriter for several other TV soaps. In…

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Reading Council ‘not improving quickly enough’

July 3, 2017 1 comment

child protection

The Children’s Services Department of Reading Council has not improved adequately since failing an inspection last year Ofsted has declared. In August 2016 inspectors gave the Berkshire authority an ‘inadequate’ rating, saying they too frequently left vulnerable children in situations of “unknown and acute risk”. Ofsted remained concerned after a follow up visit to the…

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‘Mental health champions’ for each secondary school

June 28, 2017 7 comments

fostering and adoption

‘Mental health first aid champions’ could be appointed for every secondary school across England under new plans announced by the government. Approximately 3,000 teachers will receive special training over the next three years in how to identify symptoms of mental illness amongst pupils, becoming lengthily titled ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Champions’. Conditions to be…

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Government announces judicial pay review

June 21, 2017 1 comment

family law

The details of a large-scale review of judge’s pay have been announced by the government. According to the Senior Salaries Review Body, the review will examine the current pay structure and the link between rates of pay and particular judicial roles. Also set to fall under the spotlight are financial incentives for “judicial leadership” and…

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Goodwill for children’s minister?

June 14, 2017 2 comments

family law

Yorkshire MP Robert Goodwill is likely to be appointed Children’s Minister in the ongoing cabinet reshuffle, Children & Young People Now has reported. The former MEP and government whip has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby since 2005. Her currently serves as the Minister of State for Skills but according to…

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Austrian woman ‘swapped at birth’

June 14, 2017 0 comments

family life

An Austrian family has been awarded €90,000 (£79,000) in damages after their daughter discovered that she is not related to her parents. Now 27, Doris Gruenwald made the traumatic discovery following a routine blood test, The Guardian reports. She told the Kronen Zeitung newspaper: “My whole body started shaking… It was like the ground under…

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Prime Minister appoints new Lord Chancellor

June 12, 2017 0 comments

family law

Tory MP David Lidington has been appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. The 60 year-old has been the Member of Parliament for Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire since 1992. His appointment comes as Prime Minister Theresa May reshuffles her cabinet following the loss of her majority in last week’s General Election. David Lidington said…

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