Joint report examines children’s welfare following Brexit

December 20, 2017 0 comments

family life

A newly published report from leading children’s organisations examines the potential impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Entitled Making Brexit work for children, the report was jointly produced by six children’s welfare charities, including Barnardo’s and Coram, along with the University of Sheffield. It calls on the government to ensure that existing rights…

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A tax allowance, civil partnerships, and more

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September 29, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said that lawyers should embrace technology, as people increasingly expect to access services online. Speaking at the inaugural conference of YRes, Resolution’s network of family law professionals at the start of their careers, the President, whilst acknowledging that not every…

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Government supports scheme for male abuse victims

September 27, 2017 0 comments

family life

A project by children’s charity Barnardo’s designed to help boys who have been subjected to sexual abuse and exploitation has been granted £184,000 by the government. The scheme, by Barnardo’s, will feature on-the-ground work in eight areas of England and Wales. Running until March next year, it will provide a variety of support to identified…

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Mental health support ‘urgently needed’ for care leavers

September 18, 2017 1 comment

family law

As many as two thirds of care leavers with mental health issues are not receiving any help, a charity has claimed. Research from Barnardo’s suggests that out of the 26,340 care leavers in England, nearly half may be suffering from mental health problems. In a recently published report, the charity also claims that as many…

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Millions announced to tackle child abuse

February 17, 2017 2 comments

financial settlement

The Home Office has announced £40 million in new funding for measures designed to tackle the sexual abuse and trafficking of children. Half the new money will be funnelled into National Crime Agency efforts to tackle sexual exploitation online, while more than £2 million will be allotted to the official Child Trafficking Protection Fund, from…

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Children want lessons in relationships

January 12, 2017 0 comments

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Almost three quarters of UK children think their school should provide compulsory lessons in relationships and sex. In a survey of 1,000 youngsters between 11 and 15 years old, 74 per cent said being taught about these issues in an age-appropriate way would help them stay safe. Online protection was also an important issue to…

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Drop in bed and breakfast use for care leavers hailed by charity

October 28, 2016 1 comment

family life

The use of bed and breakfast accommodation for care leavers has fallen by nearly 300 in two years, Barnardos has reported. The children’s charity polled all 152 councils across England under the Freedom of Information Act. In total, the respondents reported placing 525 children in bed and breakfast accommodation across 2016. In 2014, by contrast,…

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Children in care not receiving mentor support

August 8, 2016 0 comments

children in care

The majority of children in care do not receive the mentoring support they are entitled to in law, a new report suggests. Just three out of every 100 children in care across England have had independent adult mentors appointed, despite this being a legal right established by the Children Act 1989. The function of a…

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Family accommodation for care leavers ‘transforms lives’

March 23, 2016 0 comments

children in care

Family accommodation for care leavers and vulnerable young people can make a huge difference to their lives Barnardo’s reports. The veteran children’s charity runs a ‘supported lodgings’ scheme for teenagers leaving care, as well as others forced to leave home due to family problems. The youngsters live with volunteer hosts in a family environment until…

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