Courts deal with invisible children

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October 11, 2017 2 comments

fostering and adoption

I’m not a great fan of live-tweeting from legal events, but a tweet on Monday from the Nagalro October 2017 Conference struck a chord with me. For those who don’t know, Nagalro is, as its website tells us, “a professional association for social work practitioners who work in the children and families field and represent…

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Think tank calls on government to take another look at cyberbullying

October 5, 2017 0 comments

family life

The government should revive its previous efforts to tackle cyberbullying through “character education”, a think tank has claimed. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan oversaw a previous initiative intended to encourage schoolchildren to improve their character and behave better while online. Theresa May’s administration should now revisit the plans, political think thank Demos has claimed, providing…

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PD12J: When the facts don’t fit the narrative

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October 2, 2017 5 comments

family law, media, news

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” ― Mark Twain It is, I suppose, unarguable that “New guidance on child contact says courts must not allow abusive parents to have contact with their children” makes a rather more eye-catching headline than “New guidance on child contact in cases where abuse…

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Spotlight thrown on language development in children

September 28, 2017 0 comments

family law

More attention should be paid to how well young children acquire language, a charity has claimed. Language acquisition is a vital indication of a child’s overall wellbeing according to the Early Intervention Foundation – of similar importance to timely vaccinations and the avoidance of obesity. Trouble learning to speak is linked, they say, to significant…

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Judge tells parents to stop insulting each other

September 27, 2017 7 comments

family law

An Irish Judge has ordered two warring parents to stop speaking in derogatory terms about each other in front of their children. Judge Paula Murphy gave this instruction during a hearing in the Dublin District Family Court. The case concerned a mother who had denied the father access to his two young daughters on five…

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Domestic abuse: 77% rise in children affected

September 26, 2017 2 comments

family law

The number of children affected by domestic abuse has risen significantly in the last four years, according to the NSPCC. The charity reports that, last year, they received 4,749 calls from adults concerned about abusive or violent behaviour around children. This is a staggering 77 per cent increase from 2012-13. Calls were made when people…

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Parents get 1 hour a day to themselves

September 23, 2017 0 comments

family law

British parents get less than one hour to themselves every day, a new study has revealed. A poll of 2,000 parents found that, on average, the amount of time they have to themselves in a single day is just 48 minutes. For most this does not occur until almost 9pm but one in ten does…

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