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News: Social workers condemn Eastenders storyline

October 10, 2012 2 comments

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Social workers have condemned a scene in a recent episode of iconic BBC TV soap EastEnders for portraying their profession in a negative light. The scene, broadcast on Friday, showed a social worker taking a baby away from a character called Lola Pearce, a teenage mother who had left care. After the episode aired, social…

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Is marriage set to become a minority pursuit?

October 10, 2012 7 comments

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Marriage is on the way to becoming a minority pursuit, according to a new report from think tank the Centre for Social Justice. The report, called Forgotten Families, suggests that conventional marriage has become increasingly associated with affluence and the middle and upper classes: while only 50 per cent of couples on low incomes are…

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News: Child Support Agency to be wound up

October 9, 2012 15 comments

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The government has announced plans to gradually dismantle the controversial Child Support Agency and replace it with a new agency from December this year, with the transfer of responsibilities to be complete by 2014. The new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) will be designed to encourage voluntary child maintenance arrangements between parents, via a so-called Family…

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Bearing witness

October 9, 2012 0 comments

The witness is one of the most central figures in English law: after the judge and the jury, the third member, if you like, of a kind of legal trinity. The witness, the person who stands up in court and swears under oath that they saw a particular person do a particular thing relevant to…

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A father’s rights?

October 8, 2012 6 comments

Last week the Court of Appeal was the venue for a stark clash of cultures. One the one side stood members of the Haredi Jewish Community and on the other stood 21st Century secular Britain. The Haredi (also spelled ‘Chareidi’ or ‘Charedi’) community is the one of the most religiously conservative within Judaism, although they…

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Going home?

October 5, 2012 13 comments

Right now four Italian sisters are big news in Australia. Earlier this week, the girls, aged between nine and fifteen, were put on a flight to Italy at Brisbane Airport. Unfortunately, the two oldest became so upset that they had to be removed from the plane before take-off. The girls’ great aunt told the Australian…

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News: Couple jailed after running away with newborn

October 4, 2012 0 comments

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A teenage mother and her partner have been jailed after fleeing from hospital with their newborn child to escape an interim care order. The couple, from Beverley near Hull, hid the four day-old infant in a bag and fled from the Hull and East Yorkshire Women and Children’s Hospital. The mother had just learned that…

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Holding the purse strings

October 4, 2012 0 comments

This just in from Hollywood: it’s officially all over between all over between 33 year old actress/ model Mena Suvari and her second husband, an Italian-Canadian promoter called Simone Sestito. Just another in an ever-lengthening line of celebrity divorces? Of course. But one section of the Belfast Telegraph report makes it stand out from the…

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