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Ministers have defended the care system after a former Liberal Democrat MP said council social services departments in England and Wales were "under pressure" to get children adopted. John Hemming, who campaigns for improvements in the family justice system, said the process of assessment used by judges who make decisions…
Childcare provision in most parts of Scotland remains unsuitable for working parents, according to a parent-led campaign group. A survey of local authorities by the Fair Funding for our Kids group has indicated some parents are still struggling to access their full free childcare entitlement. The Scottish Government increased the…
Ministers have been accused of suppressing a critical evaluation of the Government's Troubled Families initiative which cast doubt on the effectiveness of the programme. The initiative, launched in the wake of riots in 2011, aims to turn around the lives of thousands of families by tackling often interlinked problems like…
Nine in ten people say they are confident they know what it means to have good mental wellbeing according to a new report from NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey. The report, commissioned by Public Health England, also found that the public are aware of different factors that impact on their…
A scoping study, aiming to explore the feasibility of establishing a new national family justice observatory, is being led by a team from Lancaster University. The scoping study was commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation as part of its work to address perceived difficulties in applying research to practice in the…
A new report Evaluating the Health Implications of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) on Parents, commissioned by Pace (Parents against child sexual exploitation) and undertaken by the University of Worcester, examines the often hidden impacts of CSE across the wider family. ‘I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in the last…
Parents Speak Out - a report developed by parents from the Parent Action Group within Pace (Parents against child sexual exploitation) - explores the current and potential role of parents as partners in the safeguarding process to protect children from Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Although there have been recent changes…
Families in large parts of Britain are being denied vital housing advice because of "legal aid deserts" which have emerged due to Government cuts, the Law Society has warned. Almost a third of legal aid areas have just one or no legal aid solicitors who specialise in housing advice, according…
Two men have won a family court fight to be the legal parents of surrogate twins after a specialist social worker raised concerns about their relationship. Questions were asked because their relationship began after one of the men had entered into an agreement with a surrogate mother. A member of…
Parents have been warned their children could be at greater risk of accident or injury if they are left at home alone. The NSPCC revealed its helpline received 453 calls and emails between July and September last year from people concerned about youngsters being left unattended - equivalent to five…
Separated parents have been forced to hand over millions of pounds to the Government after it introduced charges for its child support service, new official figures show. The Department for Work and Pensions said it made £8.5 million in 2015/2016, including almost £2 million in application fees alone, under the…
Married people are more likely to survive cancer than those who are single, a study suggests. Preliminary research on almost 60,000 people with a range of blood cancers found that, on average, married people were 20% more likely to survive than single people, while single men fared the worst. Data…
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