Closure risk for children’s mental health services

May 24, 2017 1 comment

family law

Many NHS mental health facilities for children are facing the prospect of downsizing or closure. In a recently published survey of more than 3,000 mental health workers such as counsellors, psychoanalysts and therapists, 33 per cent claimed their service faced an uncertain future. In the same poll a staggering 84 per cent said that the…

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Thousands of under-fives affected by domestic abuse

May 17, 2017 1 comment

family law

The number of small children who are affected by domestic abuse has risen sharply according to one charity. Children’s group Buttle UK has claimed that they received 9,909 referrals about youngsters affected by abuse last year, which represents an increase of more than 33 per cent from 2015. Shockingly, as many as 3,384 of these…

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Lib Dems promise an extra month’s paid paternity leave

May 17, 2017 0 comments

paternity leave

As campaigning continues for next month’s general election, the Liberal Democrats have promised an extra four weeks of paid paternity leave. Currently men are entitled to just two weeks off unless they and their partner choose to take advantage of the shared parental leave scheme. An additional four weeks for fathers as a baseline entitlement…

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Manifestos, crazy costs and more

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May 12, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law I had wanted not to mention the election again, but Resolution, the association of family lawyers, has other ideas. Its National Chair, Nigel Shepherd, has called upon the major political parties to commit to modernising family justice in their manifesto. Resolution makes four proposals, which it claims “will make a…

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Charities launch ‘relationship manifesto’

May 11, 2017 0 comments

legal aid

Four relationship charities have published a manifesto demanding that whoever wins the upcoming general election boosts support for couples and families. Relate, OnePlusOne, Tavistock Relationships, and Marriage Care have formed the ‘Relationship Alliance’ and set out several key proposals for the government after 8 June. These include the creation of a new cabinet position: a…

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Labour lambasts closure of children’s centres

May 11, 2017 3 comments

family life

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn highlighted the closure of children’s centres at the official launch of the party’s general election campaign. The shuttering of more than 1,000 such centres was an example of the Conservative Party’s unfair treatment of working people since the fall of Gordon Brown in 2010, the veteran MP claimed at at an…

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