Progress on relationship education ‘extremely disappointing’

September 13, 2017 0 comments

family law

Progress made by the government towards the introduction of relationship education in schools is “extremely disappointing”, a Labour MP has claimed. Education Secretary Justine Greening announced earlier this year that age-appropriate sex and relationships education would be introduced in schools from 2019. The new curriculum will be subject to public consultation. Sarah Champion, the Labour…

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No space available for ‘dangerous’ teen

August 25, 2017 1 comment

family life

There is no accommodation available for a teenager described as “troubled and dangerous”, a Judge has been told. In a High Court hearing, High Court Judge Mr Justice Hayden said the case posed “a dilemma you would not expect to see in a mature society in 2017”. ‘F’, who is just 14, was placed in…

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Senior judge worried for welfare of suicidal teen

August 4, 2017 3 comments

family life

The life of a suicidal teenage girl will be put seriously at risk if no hospital bed can be found for her within days, Britain’s most senior family law judge has claimed. In a hard-hitting ruling, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, said we would have “blood on our hands” if the situation…

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£50 million in new funding for childcare

January 11, 2017 0 comments

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£50 million in new childcare funding has been announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening. The newly unveiled money will be made available via grants to ‘early years’ care providers such as nurseries and pre-schools, for use upgrading their buildings and facilities in advance of the imminent increase in the amount of free childcare available to…

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£2 million for projects helping abused children

January 5, 2017 0 comments

family life

The Department for Education has announced £2 million in new funding for projects aimed at children who have suffered abuse of various kinds. Recipients include the Children’s Society, for a project based in Dorset which works with hundreds of young people who have experienced domestic violence and substance abuse by their parents. Chief operating officer…

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Government announces care home review

October 29, 2015 0 comments

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The government has announced a “comprehensive” review of children’s care homes. The review will, they insisted, “help put an end to a life of disadvantage for some of the most vulnerable children in care.” Residential care homes around the country are currently home to around 8,000 children and young people, at a total cost of…

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Resolution responds to call for more ‘pro bono’ work

June 25, 2015 0 comments

family law

Family law organisation Resolution has labelled Justice Secretary Michael Gove’s recent call for more pro bono work “not sustainable”. Former Education Secretary Michael Gove became Justice Secretary following last month’s general election. Speaking at a legal event earlier this week, he discussed the current state of the legal system in England and Wales, contrasting the…

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New Children’s Commissioner formally appointed

November 17, 2014 0 comments

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Anne Longfield OBE has been formally appointed to the role of Children’s Commissioner. The Chief Executive of family charity 4Children was named preferred candidate for the role earlier this month, and her appointment has now been confirmed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. She will succeed current Children’s Commissioner Maggie Atkinson in March next year. The…

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Charity Chief Executive selected for Children’s Commissioner

November 6, 2014 0 comments

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The Chief Executive of family charity 4Children has been selected as the ‘preferred candidate’ to become Children’s Commissioner in February next year. The Children’s Commissioner works to promote the interests of children, in conjunction with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, a non-departmental government body. The post was established under the Children Act 2004 and…

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