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Journalists have been told to stop saying children at the centre of care disputes between separated parents are embroiled in "custody battles". A group, largely made up of specialist lawyers, which aims to promote understanding of the family justice system says the term demeans children and suggests that they are…
More than 7,500 families have had their housing benefit cut to just 50p a week as a result of the Government's benefits cap, according to new figures. Official figures obtained by BBC1's Panorama show that at least 67,600 households have lost benefits in England, Scotland and Wales following the introduction…
New support is to be given to struggling families under a £30 million government programme focused on helping parents to find work. The next phase of the Troubled Families Programme will aim to forge better links between disadvantaged families and Jobcentres. Ministers said there was a "profound" affect on children…
A former Liberal Democrat MP has criticised a family court judge for failing to publish a ruling in a case in which a Polish woman whose teenage daughter went into council care was found to be in contempt of court. John Hemming, who campaigns for improvements in the family justice…
At least £3 billion in child maintenance payments ordered by the old Child Support Agency (CSA) may never be paid, the Whitehall spending watchdog has disclosed. The National Audit Office (NAO) said three-quarters of the £4 billion in outstanding payments still owed by absent parents - some dating back more…
Parents feeling blamed for their child’s mental health difficulties has been cited as a common reason for them not seeking support, according to new research from the University of Reading. Feelings that others are dismissive or blame parents commonly cited as reasons for not accessing help for children and young…
Parents can pre-register on Wednesday for the Government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme, which launches at the end of next month. The initiative will begin on April 28 for parents of children aged under two, and will then be rolled out over 2017 in a move ministers say will cut childcare costs…
A third of bereaved people claim the quality of end of life care their loved one received jeopardised their happy memories of that person, a new poll has found. Charity Marie Curie said it was sad to see so many memories were "tainted" by poor care. Its poll of 1,155…
Parents who try to turn their children against an ex-partner or spouse following a break-up should be punished in the courts, ministers have been told. Simon Danczuk urged the Government to recognise parental alienation as a form of emotional abuse as he suggested he had been a victim of such…
No families have been excluded from the review into adverse events at a maternity unit where some babies died, a health watchdog has said. The Scottish Government ordered Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) to carry out the review last year after two families whose babies died during childbirth at Ayrshire Maternity…
Major changes to support for bereaved parents have been voted through by the Government. Changes to Bereavement Support Payment were supported by MPs 292 votes to 236, majority 56. The new scheme will replace a suite of bereavement benefits and provide bereaved parents with an initial lump sum and up…
Family conflicts are affecting the mental health of three quarters of parents and almost a third of youngsters, new research has found. Now a charity is calling for more mediation services to be made available across the country, with help also to be made available before families reach breaking point.…
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