Domestic abuse may overshadow other risks to children

November 15, 2017 2 comments

family life

Domestic violence in the home may overshadow other serious risks to children a new Cafcass report suggests. The court service examined the details of 97 serious case reviews. These are conducted following the death of vulnerable children or when such youngsters experience serious harm. The researchers found that having parents prone to outbursts of domestic…

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High Court revokes premature adoption order

November 15, 2017 0 comments

children in care

In a rare move, the High Court has revoked a premature adoption order issued after a Judge became confused during the hearing. The placement order made in December 16 for a then two year-old boy referred to as ‘J’. Sitting the High Court, Mr Justice Hayden said: “J has been described as a happy, friendly,…

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£6 million for Family Drug and Alcohol Courts

October 21, 2017 0 comments

family life

Pioneering courts for families with dependency problems are to receive more than £6 million in new funding. Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) are designed to assist parents struggling with drinking problems or drug addictions, and work in a different way to regular courts. A single judge is allocated to each family as their case…

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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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Care proceedings abandoned due to parents’ progress

July 20, 2017 3 comments

family life

A local authority has abandoned plans to take a child into care after his parents made “significant changes to their lives”. At a family court hearing in Leeds, Her Honour Judge Lynch heard that the council no longer recommended a care order for the five month-old baby boy. Instead they believed supervision by social workers…

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Thousands of children call helpline for bedtime stories

February 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

Thousands of children across the UK called a charity helpline asking to hear a bedtime story last year because their parents were in no condition to do so. Counsellors who operate the helpline for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) have revealed that they keep storybooks by their phones because some children call…

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2.5 million children live with alcoholic parents

February 16, 2017 3 comments

family law

As many as 2.5 million children live with alcoholic parents in the UK, MPs and peers have claimed. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics insists that such youngsters are more likely to consider suicide, develop eating disorders or develop alcohol problems of their own.  This week, the group launched a manifesto in the…

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Spousal support can prevent alcohol abuse

February 2, 2017 0 comments

family law

A lack of spousal support can lead people to develop alcohol problems following their divorce, a new study suggests. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the United States and Lund University in southern Sweden analysed data from 942,366 married people. Each subject was born between 1960 and 1990 and none of them had any…

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Tower Hamlets wrongfully ignored foster mother [updated]

January 12, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A family friend who took on the care of three children received no support from her local authority for six years, the Local Government Ombudsman has reported The children had been left with the friend by their troubled mother, who had problems with drugs and drink and was frequently detained in hospital. During her previous…

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