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A "Claudia's Law" to give families greater control over the affairs of missing people could be introduced in memory of the chef Claudia Lawrence. Ms Lawrence disappeared on her way to work at the University of York in March 2009, and despite a massive police investigation nobody has ever faced…
Housing Associations and partners across Scotland have pledged up to 350 homes for vulnerable Syrian families. The response co-ordinated by the Scottish RSL Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis will help local authorities home Syrian families being relocated to the UK as part of the Vulnerable Person Relocation (VPR) scheme…
Fathers who are emotionally involved with their children and feel confident as a parent are less likely to raise offspring with behavioural problems, research suggests. A new study from Oxford University found that a father's emotional attachment and strong bond with a child - as opposed to how much practical…
A 20-year-old woman said to live a chaotic lifestyle should be given a chance to mother her baby son, a High Court judge has told social workers. Mr Justice Holman has ruled that the woman and her new baby should be placed together in a specialist foster home. He said…
Each year, more than 250,000 missing person reports are made to the police in the UK alone. The loss can have a profound emotional effect on the families left behind, but their experiences are relatively little understood. Alongside colleagues from the charity Missing People, I’ve been exploring this issue in…
A three-year-old girl whose parents cannot look after her should be brought up by a foster carer rather than a relative, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Stephen Wildblood said the girl had been placed with the foster carer more than a year ago pending decisions about her long-term…
More than 6.5 million households across Britain are in debt or face the prospect of falling into debt within a month should they lose their jobs or face a large financial shock, according to analysis from a charity. The Equality Trust found 42% of non-retired households have less put aside…
Single parents in parts of the UK are owed millions of pounds in unpaid child maintenance, a new study shows. More than £6 million is owed in areas of West Yorkshire, Milton Keynes, Grimsby, Telford and Nottingham, said campaign group Gingerbread. The lowest arrears were found to be in parts…
A £448 million government initiative to fix problem neighbours has had "no significant impact", according to a leading think-tank. The Troubled Families Programme, launched in the wake of riots in 2011, was designed to turn around the lives of 120,000 of the most "troubled" families in England by 2015. It…
A couple have begun the latest stage of a legal fight to regain care of their child after being cleared of abuse at a criminal trial. The man and woman say they have been victims of a miscarriage of justice because their child has been adopted when they have not…
Updated advice on how to work with parents who have learning difficulties has been issued by the Working Together with Parents Network (WPTN), led by the University of Bristol. Government guidance on working with parents with a learning disability had not been updated since its publication in 2007. Nadine Tilbury,…
A scheme to help children with mental health and behavioural problems, and their families, is to be extended. The Scottish Government is providing £200,000 of funding to extend the Functional Family Therapy programme in Glasgow City, with £400,000 of additional funding from Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership. The scheme…
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