3 million children could go hungry over school holiday

April 25, 2017 1 comment

family law

As many as three million British schoolchildren could go hungry during the summer holiday, MPs have warned. This week, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger published a report claiming that this number includes the one million children who get free meals during term time and an additional two million whose parents are classified as living…

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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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2.5m children living with problem drinkers

February 8, 2016 1 comment

family life

Around 2.5 million children in England live with parents who have problems with alcohol, MPs have claimed. A newly published report found that such children were “suffering in silence” because no councils in England offer specific help to those who have problem-drinking parents. In fact, a third of councils are cutting support for the drug…

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Call for feedback on children in care who go missing

January 11, 2016 0 comments

fostering and adoption

MPs have called for feedback on how well the police and other professionals respond to children in care who go missing. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Runaway and Missing Children is, as the name suggests, focused on the issues surrounding children in care who go missing from residential homes or foster families, as…

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Pancreatic cancer: the hidden menace

November 26, 2013 4 comments

Only one per cent of cancer research funding is spent on pancreatic cancer, although it is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, and it is predicted to overtake breast cancer as the fourth most common cancer not long from now. There has been no improvement in pancreatic cancer survival rates, so someone diagnosed…

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