Progress on relationship education ‘extremely disappointing’

September 13, 2017 0 comments

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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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Senior judge worried for welfare of suicidal teen

August 4, 2017 3 comments

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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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Government considering reform of gender laws

July 25, 2017 2 comments

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Transgender individuals may find it easier to legally change genders under plans being considered by the government. At present an official diagnosis of gender dysphoria is required. People with this condition believe that their actual gender does not match their physical sex.  In addition, a certificate issued by a ‘gender recognition panel’ is needed. But…

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Council exemption plans dropped by government

March 3, 2017 1 comment

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The government has abandoned draft legislation which would have allowed local councils to opt out of their child protection duties. The plans were included in the Children and Social Bill currently making its way through Parliament. They were intended to allow ministers to explore the value of outsourcing and consolidation in child protection services but…

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23 Tories back relationship lessons in school

February 12, 2017 14 comments

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Twenty-three Conservative MPs have backed a measure to introduce mandatory sex and relationship lessons in secondary schools. The group, which includes five former cabinet ministers, have reportedly expressed their support for ‘relationship education’ to be added to the National Curriculum. Education Secretary Justine Greening is among the MPs who are pushing for this change. She…

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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

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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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