A tax allowance, civil partnerships, and more

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September 29, 2017 1 comment

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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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Domestic abuse: 77% rise in children affected

September 26, 2017 2 comments

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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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Surge in reports of child neglect

August 24, 2017 2 comments

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There has been a huge, 61 per cent increase in reports of child neglect over the past five years, a charity has claimed. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) received just under 19,500 calls over the last 12 months it reports – and the majority of these were serious enough…

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Forced marriage calls at all time high

July 31, 2017 1 comment

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The number of young people calling Childline citing fears of forced marriage rose in the last year. The NSPCC claims they held 205 over-the-phone counselling sessions on this subject in 2016/17. This is a 12 per cent increase from the 183 in 2015/16 and is the highest number recorded in a single year. Additionally, the…

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Emotional abuse of children ‘up 200 per cent’

June 21, 2017 2 comments

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There has been a 200 per cent rise in the number of children subjected to emotional abuse, the NSPCC reports. The increase, over a seven year period, is higher than for any other form of abuse, the charity claims in a newly published report entitled How safe are our children?  Calls to the NSPCC helpline…

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Children ‘don’t feel safe’ on social media

April 27, 2017 2 comments

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Four out of five British children do not feel safe when using social media, according to a new survey. Research conducted by the NSPCC has found that the lack of strict controls on social media platforms leaves young people vulnerable to bullying and “hurtful messages”.  In a poll of 1,696 children, 80 per cent believed…

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Sharp rise in children treated for anxiety

January 24, 2017 0 comments

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The number of children treated for anxiety by a hospital has risen by 42 per cent, according to official figures. In 2015/16, more than 10,000 people under the age of 18 sought help for the condition. Girls made up at least 7,300 of those cases while boys accounted for just above 3,100 cases in the…

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75% rise in domestic abuse calls

October 3, 2016 0 comments

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There has been a sharp rise in the number of calls received by the NSPCC from adults worried about children either suffering or witnessing domestic abuse. In the last five years, this number has risen by as much as 75 per cent. The charity’s helpline received 2,223 calls regarding domestic abuse in 2011/12. In 2015/16…

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The difficult question of habitual residence

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August 2, 2016 0 comments

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As I read through the law reports certain issues arise on a regular basis. One of those issues is the question of in what country a child is habitually resident, something which is crucial to deciding whether or not the courts here have jurisdiction to deal with matters relating to the child. That the question…

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Help for families with children at risk of radicalisation

July 27, 2016 0 comments

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Help is now available for parents who are worried their children may be radicalised and adopt extremist views. The NSPCC has launched the UK’s first national service for such families with funding from the government. The charity’s counsellors will be available 24 hours a day and have been given specialist training to spot warning signs…

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