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Duncan Lewis:FamilyBuckinghamshire children’s services “making steady progress” says Ofsted (20 June 2017)

 

Buckinghamshire County Council has said that children’s services are continuing to make steady progress in improving the quality of care for looked after children across the county. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyBradford Council launches Children, Young People and Families Plan (20 June 2017)

 

Bradford Council has launched its new Children, Young People and Families Plan for the Bradford district, setting out a “clear vision” and priorities for how agencies in the district will work with children, young people and families from 2017 to 2020. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyProceeds of Coalville Colour Run to go to domestic violence charity (13 June 2017)

 

North West Leicestershire District Council has announced that the domestic violence support charity Living Without Abuse (LWA) will benefit from the proceeds of the second-ever Coalville Colour Run charity run due to take place in September. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilySandwell Council launches ante-natal course for parents-to-be, to reduce risks of infant death and low birth weight (1 June 2017)

 

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands is running a free ante-natal course in the borough from June, with four sessions covering key information to help parents-to-be prepare for the arrival of their baby. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyMerton Council supports domestic violence prevention campaign (24 May 2017)

 

Merton Council in southwest London has said that its support of a campaign against domestic violence signals that it is time to say “No More” to the domestic abuse of adults and children in the home. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyMedway Council approves early years services consultation (18 May 2017)

 

Medway Council has approved recommendations to go out to consultation on the transformation of early help and children’s centre services. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyOxfordshire County Council wins funding to expand pioneering support service for foster carers (17 May 2017)

 

Oxfordshire County Council says that a pioneering support service for foster carers is set to expand in Oxfordshire, following a successful funding bid by the council. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyOxfordshire transforms adoption services and joins forces with neighbouring councils (2 May 2017)

 

Oxfordshire County Council has announced plans for Oxfordshire to transform its adoption services by joining forces with neighbouring councils. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNorth Tyneside Council hold event for people interested in adoption and fostering (28 April 2017)

 

North Tyneside Council adoption and fostering service are encouraging individuals, couples and families to come forward to find out more about the process. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNorth Devon wins £433,000 of government funding to help victims of domestic abuse (28 April 2017)

 

North Devon Council has announced that local district councils are to receive £433,000 of government funding to help victims of domestic abuse in the area. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyLondon Assembly urges Mayor to attack FGM in London (28 April 2017)

 

The London Assembly has urged London mayor Sadiq Khan to tackle the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the capital. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWelsh Assembly announced £1 million of capital funding for Flying Start projects in Wales (21 April 2017)

 

The Welsh government has announced that more than £1 million has been allocated to 33 Flying Start projects across Wales, to help them improve their facilities. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyMedway Council’s Early Help Strategy “helping more families” (20 April 2017)

 

Medway Council in Kent says it is making good progress in supporting local families, following the expansion of Medway’s Early Help strategy. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNew set of JTAI to focus on children living with neglect (19 April 2017)

 

The government has announced that a series of inspections focusing on children living with neglect are to be carried out by Ofsted, Care Quality Commission (CQC), HMI Constabulary and HMI Probation. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyDorset working parents invited to apply early for tax-free childcare (19 April 2017)

 

Dorset Council is inviting Dorset working parents of children aged under 12 (or 17 if children have a disability) to apply for tax-free childcare before other areas of the country. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyGovernment announces further £55m in funding for childcare schemes (12 April 2017)

 

The government has announced a £55 million boost in funding for free childcare schemes, which will create nearly 18,000 new childcare places to help deliver 30 hours of free childcare. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Family£146,000 in government funding to help support domestic violence refuge in Stafford (11 April 2017)

 

Cannock Chase Council – working in partnership with South Staffordshire District Council and lead authority Stafford Borough Council – has secured nearly £146,000 in government funding to help support ForWard House, a state-of-the-art domestic abuse refuge which was opened in Stafford in 2016. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyDPW says £700m Universal Credit boost will help families (11 April 2017)

 

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Damian Green has said that three million households across the country will keep more of what they earn as a result of a £700 million boost to Universal Credit. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyRunning of Peterborough’s fostering and adoption services taken over by TACT (10 April 2017)

 

Peterborough City Council says that the running of its fostering and adoption services by TACT (The Adolescent and Children’s Trust) will reduce reliance on higher cost independent fostering and residential placements. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWest Berkshire Council uses £2.1m award to replicate Hertfordshire Family Safeguarding model (7 April 2017)

 

West Berkshire Council has said that it will use a £2.1million share of an £11.6m grant from the government's Children's Social Care Innovation Programme to replicate the Hertfordshire Family Safeguarding model in West Berkshire. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyDWP announces £30m in new support to help workless families and improve children’s quality of life (6 April 2017)

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced new plans to help workless families break the cycle of disadvantage. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyFamilies encouraged to pre-register online for government’s new childcare offers (5 April 2017)

 

The government is encouraging millions of families to pre-register for the government’s new childcare offers, after the launch of a new Childcare Choices government website. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyCardiff Council announces “one-stop shop” for victims of domestic violence (4 April 2017)

 

The City of Cardiff Council has announced it will work in partnership with the local health board to deliver a one-stop shop offering domestic abuse support services. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNewham Council to use DfE funding to help children affected by domestic abuse (31 March 2017)

 

Newham Council in east London has been awarded £2.6 million by the Department for Education (DfE) to develop new approaches to children’s social care. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Family£640 penalty for fly-tipping offence caught on CCTV (31 March 2017)

 

Bolton Council has prosecuted a fly-tipper who was caught on CCTV dumping a sofa behind a company car park in broad daylight. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNew guidance to support working mothers with premature babies (30 March 2017)

 

The government has announced that new guidelines to support working mothers with premature babies will be drawn up to cover a range of issues, including requests for flexible working or additional time off. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyLincolnshire County Council asks for feedback on services from survivors of domestic violence (28 March 2017)

 

Lincolnshire County Council is asking survivors of domestic violence to give feedback on services, to help shape future domestic abuse services in Lincolnshire. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyBexley’s children services benefits from partnership approach (20 March 2017)

 

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has visited Bexley Council’s services to support children and their families. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyIslington Council secures £100k to fund Latin American Women’s Aid for victims of domestic abuse (16 March 2017)

 

Islington Council and Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) have announced that £100,000 of central government funding has been secured to support LAWA’s specialist national refuge and services for Latin American women. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyThe Court of Appeal rejects a heterosexual couple’s appeal for a Civil Partnership (16 March 2017)

 

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the challenge of heterosexual couple, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, to be allowed to have a civil partnership. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyHillingdon Council to agree new model to deliver children’s services (15 March 2017)

 

Hillingdon Council in Greater London has said that future plans for a children's centre programme will be decided at Hillingdon Council's Cabinet meeting on Thursday, 16 March. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilySwansea Council trials free childcare in seven communities from September (14 March 2017)

 

Swansea Council has announced that seven communities in Swansea have been chosen for a free childcare trial, with families set to benefit from 30 hours a week of free early years education and childcare, under a pilot programme that could be extended city-wide. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyBedfordshire launches new-look domestic abuse support website (13 March 2017)

 

Bedford Borough Council has launched a new-look domestic violence website, with a more user-friendly interface. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyJail term for persistent domestic abuse offender (10 March 2017)

 

Hull Crown Court has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order, putting his former partner in fear of violence, assault by beating and dangerous driving. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyChancellor announces extra £20m funding to help domestic violence victims (9 March 2017)

 

The Chancellor’s Spring Budget 2017 has set out plans to increase funding to help protect victims of domestic violence. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyRemoval of the Five Year Limit for Domestic Violence Claims is a Victory for Victims of Domestic Abuse (8 March 2017)

 

The news today that the Government are scrapping time limits for obtaining appropriate written evidence of domestic abuse victims is a victory for all those who have been victims of domestic abuse. This will go a long way in ensuring that vulnerable persons are eligible for legal aid, particularly in cases involving children in which a period of time has passed since incidents of domestic abuse. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyRemoval of the Five Year Limit for Domestic Violence Claims is a Victory for Victims of Domestic Abuse (8 March 2017)

 

The news today that the Government are scrapping time limits for obtaining appropriate written evidence of domestic abuse victims is a victory for all those who have been victims of domestic abuse. This will go a long way in ensuring that vulnerable persons are eligible for legal aid, particularly in cases involving children in which a period of time has passed since incidents of domestic abuse. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Family90% of children now living with a working adult as the number of parents out of work falls (7 March 2017)

 

Figures from the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) show there has been a rise in the number of working households, with around nine in ten children living with at least one working adult. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyCanterbury City Council leads successful bid for £70,000 funding for victims of domestic abuse (6 March 2017)

 

Canterbury City Council has announced that more support will be available for victims of domestic abuse in east Kent, following a successful bid for £70,000 of government funding. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyGovernment proposals on making anonymous registration scheme more accessible to domestic violence survivors (6 March 2017)

 

Minister for the Constitution Chris Skidmore has published new proposals that will make the anonymous registration scheme in England and Wales more accessible to those escaping domestic abuse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWelsh Assembly announces £1m funding to help care leavers become independent (3 March 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, has announced funding of £1 million to local authorities across Wales to help young people who have been through the care system.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilySouthwest councils win funding for more children’s social workers (2 March 2017)

 

Somerset County Council has announced that is has led a partnership of southwest local authorities in a successful bid for government funding to train a further 49 children’s social workers. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNewcastle City Council wins funding for domestic violence services (27 February 2017)

 

Newcastle City Council has been awarded £660,000 for domestic violence services, after a successful bid for funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyLeeds City Council awarded £9.59m to help spread excellence in children’s services (27 February 2017)

 

Leeds City Council’s children’s services has been selected to be a national “Partner in Practice” to share its expertise with other local authorities. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyOfsted feedback shows improvement to Somerset County Council’s services for vulnerable children and young people (27 February 2017)

 

Latest feedback from Ofsted has shown that Somerset County Council’s services for vulnerable children and young people are improving. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Family£6,000 fine after worker fractures finger in machinery (27 February 2017)

 

A polythene film manufacturer has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker trapped his hand in machinery and fractured the little finger on one hand. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyPublic policy can impact positively on parenting, says new report (22 February 2017)

 

New research by the Social Mobility Commission has found that public policy can have an impact on parenting behaviour and achieve positive outcomes for children – but there is currently a lack of evidence regarding the measures that work. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWolverhampton Council reminds carers to advise council of private foster care arrangements (20 February 2017)

 

The City of Wolverhampton Council is reminding the public that people who are caring for someone else's child – or know someone who is – must tell the council about the arrangement. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyProving Facts in Defended Divorce Proceedings (17 February 2017)

 

Tini Owens recently made headlines in the UK press following her Valentine’s Day hearing in the Court of Appeal fighting against an Oxford judge’s refusal to grant her divorce. Mrs Owens’ case is one of few divorces which was defended in recent years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNew figures show increase in reports of domestic violence against men (17 February 2017)

 

New figures from the Mankind Initiative – a charity for men escaping domestic violence – show that the difference in numbers between incidents of domestic abuse for men and women is at its lowest since March 2005. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyIslington Council to work on identifying violent behaviour in schoolchildren to break cycle of domestic violence (14 February 2017)

 

Islington Council in north London says that identifying violent behaviour in schoolchildren may help stop the cycle of domestic violence. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyFBI meets with Croydon Council to learn from council’s FGM protection strategies (13 February 2017)

 

Members of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have met with Croydon Council’s Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) project team to learn from their work on protecting girls at risk of FGM, as well as improving the psychological and physical health outcomes for those who have been affected.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyBristol Council consults on youth services (13 February 2017)

 

Bristol City Council has launched a city-wide consultation on the future of youth services in Bristol. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyBristol Council approves new youth housing hub to prevent young people being taken into care (10 February 2017)

 

Bristol City Council is to look at new ways of helping young people remain living with their families and resolve housing problems before they reach crisis point. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyLondon Assembly supports flexible working for parents and carers (9 February 2017)

 

The London Assembly (LA) has unanimously agreed a motion on flexi-working for those with caring commitments – and is calling on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to share the good practice of the GLA and the benefits that flexible working bring to London’s businesses by ensuring a diverse, skilled workforce.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyChild Maintenance Options “helping more parents to agree on child maintenance payments” (8 February 2017)

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says that new figures show that thousands of children are benefiting from their separated parents working together on child maintenance arrangements, with the parents of more than 15,900 children having set up family-based arrangements for paying child maintenance after receiving information and support from Child Maintenance Options.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyParents “locked out of the workplace” by rising costs and deposits for nursery places, says London Mayor (6 February 2017)

 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on employers across the capital to help make childcare more accessible for working families, as figures show parents are being “locked out of the workplace” by rising costs and expensive upfront deposits for nursery places.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyPraise for Hampshire’s multi-agency approach to safeguarding children from domestic abuse (6 February 2017)

 

Inspectors have praised the efforts of Hampshire County Council and its partners in Hampshire for the “robust” way they are keeping children across the county protected from abuse and neglect at home.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyDepartment of Education awards more than £7m to children’s services projects (26 January 2017)

 

The Department for Education (DfE) has awarded more than £7 million to three projects with ambitious plans to transform children’s services in their areas.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilySomerset Council launches first county-wide fostering awareness week (25 January 2017)

 

Somerset Council is urging more people to consider becoming foster parents as part of Somerset’s first county-wide fostering awareness week being held from 23 January to 29 January.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyExtra funding for child safeguarding project in Gateshead (23 January 2017)

 

A new Gateshead project helping young people at risk has secured extra funding from the Gateshead Community Safety Team.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyDomestic Violence – a real issue (16 January 2017)

 

The Office of National Statistics 2015 has stated that two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner and one woman is killed every three days. On average, a woman is assaulted 35 times before her first call to the police (Jaffe, 1982). The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, which came into effect in April 2013, removed legal aid for family law cases, such as divorce, contact and residence disputes, where a victim can’t prove the incident of domestic violence or child abuse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyDover man convicted of multiple rape and coercive and controlling behaviour towards female victim (13 January 2017)

 

Canterbury Crown Court has convicted a man of committing multiple rapes on a woman and waging a campaign of coercive and controlling behaviour against her.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyDfE funds joint Harrow Council’s initiative to safeguard children from domestic violence (12 January 2017)

 

Tavistock Relationships and Harrow Council have welcomed a decision by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of its Safeguarding Grants programme 2016-2018, to fund a joint project to safeguard Harrow children affected by domestic violence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyReading Council consultation on reorganisation of Children’s Centres (10 January 2017)

 

Reading Council has launched a 12-week consultation on the future of designated Children’s Centres, with the aim of reducing the centres to four central hubs, with services also being offered in a network of satellite buildings and community venues.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyGateshead child safeguarding project awarded extra funding (9 January 2017)

 

Gateshead Council has announced that a new Gateshead project helping young people at risk has secured extra funding from the Gateshead Community Safety Team.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWelsh Assembly runs Christmas campaign addressing domestic abuse (21 December 2016)

 

The Welsh government has launched a Christmas campaign to tackle domestic violence, which is aimed at helping families take action if they suspect a friend or family member is being subjected to domestic abuse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyResearch suggests new CMS “is helping parents work together” (20 December 2016)

 

New research shows that the majority of separated parents using the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) are managing child support payments themselves, says the government.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNewcastle Gateshead CCG consults on services for unpaid carers (19 December 2016)

 

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting unpaid carers in the area to submit their experiences and views on the services available to them. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyDomestic abuse campaign heads to Wigan (6 December 2016)

 

Wigan Council is encouraging more people to feel comfortable with talking about domestic violence with a road show called “Sitting Right With You”. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyMore needs to be done” for victims of domestic violence and CSE (5 December 2016)

 

The Home Secretary has told the annual conference of the College of Policing that, while police forces have been very effective at decreasing the rates of so-called traditional volume crime – now at an all-time low – more needs to be done to protect the vulnerable, including victims of sexual abuse, modern slavery and domestic violence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyLife for “possessive, controlling and abusive” husband who murdered wife (25 November 2016)

 

The Central London Criminal Court has sentenced a man who killed his wife to life imprisonment, with a minimum sentence of 22 years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWelsh Government marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November 2016)

 

Welsh Assembly Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant has reiterated his commitment to tackling Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual violence, ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Friday, 25 November. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyThe Children’s Society says Chancellor’s help for “just about managing” families is not enough (24 November 2016)

 

Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, Matthew Reed, has said that the Chancellor’s Budget offers only “measly morsels” for “just about managing” (JAMs) families, in light of nearly £11 billion of ongoing welfare cuts announced in 2015, which will cut support for struggling families in 2020.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyMen who have experienced domestic violence urged to seek help (21 November 2016)

 

Hart Council in East Hampshire has launched a campaign to encourage men who experience domestic abuse to seek help available. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWelsh Government launches support campaign for victims of domestic violence (15 November 2016)

 

The Welsh Government has launched a new campaign asking people to make a stand against violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
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Duncan Lewis:FamilyEssex Community Scheme helps new mothers overcome feelings of isolation (10 November 2016)

 

A woman who suffered with depression after the birth of her 11-year-old daughter is using her own experiences to help others, as part of a countywide initiative to tackle social isolation.
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Duncan Lewis:FamilyExtra 4.7million to improve education and training of social workers (8 November 2016)

 

Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced extra investment in social care to give vulnerable children the best possible chance of a successful future.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyYork Council children in council care project wins national award (7 November 2016)

 

York Council’s Children in Council Care project “Show Me That I Matter” (SMTIM) has won a national award.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyLondon Assembly backs civil partnerships for different-sex couples (4 November 2016)

 

The London Assembly has backed an appeal against a High Court decision preventing a different-sex couple from forming a civil partnership.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyLincolnshire County Council’s Adoption Service wins First4Adoption’s Excellence in Adoption Practice Award (31 October 2016)

 

Lincolnshire County Council has announced that its Adoption Service has won First4Adoption’s Excellence in Adoption Practice Award.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWest Sussex County Council support National Adoption Week (14 October 2016)

 

Councillors and staff at West Sussex County Council are showing their support for National Adoption Week from 17 to 23 October by organising a series of drop-in sessions to give residents the opportunity to find out more.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilySwindon Borough Council appoints two specialists to tackle child on family member violence (12 October 2016)

 

Swindon Borough Council has appointed two new specialists to help tackle child on family member violence in Swindon.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyMedway Council supports campaign to safeguard adults at risk of domestic abuse (10 October 2016)

 

Medway Council is supporting a countywide campaign Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week, to help raise awareness of adult abuse and encourage people to report it.
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Duncan Lewis:FamilyRoyal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to deliver children’s services through Achieving for Children (10 October 2016)

 

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has agreed to deliver its children’s services through a partnership with two other councils, following cabinet approval.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyChoices. Choices. Your choice. Choices. (7 October 2016)

 

Marriage is a time of good spirits, familial happiness and communal celebration. However, around the world and in the United Kingdom marriage is, for some, a deeply distressing time.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNew report says multi-agency approach is best for tackling CSE (3 October 2016)

 

A new report – Time to listen - a joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children – finds that child sexual exploitation can be tackled best when all partners take responsibility for their roles while also working collaboratively, with strategic goals clearly identified, understood and agreed across agencies.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyRoyal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead considering joining Achieving for Children (3 October 2016)

 

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead may be joining Achieving for Children (AfC) – the social enterprise company owned by Richmond and Kingston councils.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWomen Rights Activist Maria da Penha Changed Domestic Violence Law in Brazil (27 September 2016)

 

On 7th August 2006, the President of Brazil put into force the Federal Brazilian Law 11340, known as the Law Maria da Penha, that increased the punishment for domestic violence abuses against women.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWelsh government launches #TalkChildcare campaign (23 September 2016)

 

Welsh Assembly Communities and Children’s Secretary Carl Sargeant has launched a new campaign to give parents an opportunity to highlight childcare issues that are important to them.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWelsh government’s five-year plan offers more help for families and looked after children (22 September 2016)

 

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has announced the Welsh government’s five-year plan, Taking Wales Forward – which will include removing barriers to employment for parents by creating “the most generous childcare offer anywhere in the UK”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyEaling children’s services rated in top 10% of LAs by Ofsted (13 September 2016)

 

Ofsted has rated Ealing Children’s Services in the top 10% of local authorities (LAs) in England, under its tougher new inspection regime.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyConsultation on services for people at risk of domestic violence in Wolverhampton (7 September 2016)

 

The City of Wolverhampton Council is inviting the public and service users to offer their opinions on services for people at risk of domestic violence in Wolverhampton.
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Duncan Lewis:FamilyYork and seven other cities and local authorities launch government’s 30-hour free childcare pilot (5 September 2016)

 

City of York Council has launched the start of the new 30 hours childcare pilot, as one of the first areas in England to offer 30 hours of free childcare support to parents from 1 September, so they can balance work with their family lives.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyMore women suffering maternity discrimination at work, says report (1 September 2016)

 

A new government report on pregnancy and maternity discrimination has found that pregnant women and new mothers are still experiencing discrimination in the workplace.
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Duncan Lewis:FamilyWelsh Assembly consultation on national strategy to tackle domestic violence (26 August 2016)

 

The Welsh Assembly has set out how the Welsh government will continue to tackle Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence in a consultation on a national strategy against domestic abuse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyBuckinghamshire launches pilot scheme to support elderly carers (24 August 2016)

 

Buckinghamshire County Council has announced that hundreds of elderly carers who look after vulnerable family members at home are to be supported by a groundbreaking new pilot project.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyCardiff Airport travellers urged to be aware of children taken overseas for FGM this summer (16 August 2016)

 

Travellers through Cardiff Airport this summer are being handed leaflets raising awareness about female genital mutilation (FGM), as the risk of young females being taken out of the UK for the practice is higher during the summer months and school holidays.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyHartlepool Council consults on draft domestic abuse strategy (15 August 2016)

 

The Safer Hartlepool Partnership is seeking local people’s views on its draft Hartlepool Domestic Abuse Strategy 2016-2019.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyReading Council pledges to improve children’s services following Ofsted report (15 August 2016)

 

Reading Borough Council has pledged to continue to drive forward improvements to children^s services, following a full Ofsted inspection, which rated children’s services “inadequate”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyBrent is “top borough” in northwest London for converting DVPNs into DVPOs (10 August 2016)

 

Brent Council says that it is now the top borough in northwest London – and is second in London as a whole – for safeguarding victims of domestic violence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyCity of York trials faster access to dementia diagnosis and care (8 August 2016)

 

City of York Council has announced that residents in York care homes could receive faster access to dementia support services, as a result of a new trial to improve diagnosis rates.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyJail for first person to be convicted of controlling behaviour in Thames Valley (8 August 2016)

 

Thames Valley has seen its first conviction for controlling behaviour, after a 25-year-old man from Maidenhead was found guilty of controlling or coercive behaviour.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyLegal Aid cuts threatening access to justice, says Welsh Government Counsel General (25 July 2016)

 

The Welsh Assembly’s law officer and chief legal adviser, the Counsel General, has said that the UK Government’s decision to close law courts across Wales and restrict the availability of legal aid is threatening people’s fundamental social and human rights to access the justice system.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilySt Helens rolls out domestic violence programme to help children recover (18 July 2016)

 

St Helens Council on Merseyside has said that a new ten-week programme to help children recover from the effects of domestic violence is being rolled out across St Helens.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWirral sees extra 200 foster carers coming forward in response to campaign (15 July 2016)

 

Wirral Borough Council has announced that its “Walks Of Life” campaign has resulted in more than 200 queries from potential foster carers looking to care for vulnerable children and young people in the borough.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWigan set to take lead in new regional adoption agency (12 July 2016)

 

Wigan Borough Council is set to take the lead in a new regional adoption agency, with a report on the plans due to go before Cabinet on Thursday (14/07/16).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyLincolnshire Trading Standards issues warning about unauthorised will writing services (11 July 2016)

 

Lincolnshire Trading Standards has issued a warning about consumers using unregulated will writing companies to prepare wills – especially for property protection trust wills.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyBarnet Council launches new domestic violence service (5 July 2016)

 

Barnet Council has launched a new domestic violence and abuse service, as part of its commitment to tackle domestic violence and abuse of all forms in the borough.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWales commits to tackling domestic violence and child abuse (28 June 2016)

 

Welsh Assembly Communities and Children Secretary, Carl Sargeant, has reiterated his commitment to tackling Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees consultation on fertility services (15 June 2016)

 

The NHS in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees has launched a public consultation on fertility services.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyCheshire West and Chester Council consults on children’s services (15 June 2016)

 

Cheshire West and Chester Council is currently consulting on its 0-19 Years Services and Children’s Centres.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyOxfordshire County Council welcomes findings of report into child care and CSE services (16 May 2016)

 

Oxfordshire County Council has welcomed the findings of an inspection into local organisations’ work to protect children from abuse and neglect.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWirral Council launches campaign in support of Foster Care Fortnight (16 May 2016)

 

Wirral Council is launching a campaign focusing on finding foster families for teenagers to mark national Foster Care Fortnight, which starts on Monday 16 May.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilySuspended sentence and Community Order for partner who was “controlling” (3 May 2016)

 

A man convicted on charges of controlling or coercive behaviour towards his partner has been sentenced to 18 weeks’ in prison suspended for 18 months, with an 18-month Community Order.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyNew mothers and pregnant women “experiencing more discrimination in the workplace” (3 May 2016)

 

The charity Citizens Advice has reported a 25% increase in the number of parents reporting pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the last year – and is warning of a growing problem with new and expectant mothers being treated unfairly at work.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilySix months in jail and restraining order for man who “controlled every aspect” of victim’s life (27 April 2016)

 

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court has convicted a man who “controlled every aspect” of his victim^s life on a charge of controlling/coercive behaviour in an intimate/family relationship.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyBexley Council secures LGA funding to support troubled families with digital project (25 April 2016)

 

Bexley Council has secured external funding of £25,000 for a digital project to help local families.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyPolice officer jailed for preying on domestic violence victims (15 April 2016)

 

A former Merseyside police officer has been sentenced to four years^ imprisonment for seven counts of misconduct in public office, after he targeted seven domestic abuse victims for his own sexual gratification over a period of three years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyHartlepool hospital’s fertility unit closure put back after High Court ruling (21 March 2016)

 

A judge has ordered North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust not to close licensed fertility services at the University Hospital of Hartlepool until a hearing takes place in the High Court, after Hartlepool Borough Council sought an injunction to stop the closure at the end of March 2016.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyGovernment announces £80m fund to help prevent violence against women (9 March 2016)

 

To mark International Women^s Day on Tuesday (08/03/16), the government has announced a new strategy to prevent violence against women and girls.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyRotherham Council children’s care facility rated “good” by Ofsted (26 February 2016)

 

A care facility run by Rotherham Council which offers short breaks to children aged eight to 18 has received a rating of “good” following an Ofsted inspection.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyGovernment minister visits UK charity dealing with survivors of honour-based crimes and forced marriage (17 February 2016)

 

The government Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime Karen Bradley has met survivors of honour-based violence and forced marriage during a visit to a charity in Leeds.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWindsor & Maidenhead launch multi-agency safeguarding hub for vulnerable adults and children (9 February 2016)

 

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) has been launched in collaboration with its partners, Thames Valley Police, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the charity DASH (Domestic Abuse Stops Here) and the National Probation Service.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyPortsmouth Council invests in property to protect domestic violence services (8 February 2016)

 

Portsmouth City Council is setting aside £50,000 of income from property investments, to help fund local domestic abuse services after April 2017.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyTower Hamlets encourages young adults to speak out against domestic violence (1 February 2016)

 

Tower Hamlets Council is encouraging young adults in the borough to enter a competition telling the council what they think makes a healthy relationship.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilySentence doubled for man who killed girlfriend in horrific, drunken attack (21 January 2016)

 

A man from North London has had his sentence for manslaughter doubled, after killing his girlfriend in a drunken rage.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWolverhampton Council offers advice to carers on the Care Act (18 January 2016)

 

The City of Wolverhampton Council^s Carer Support Team is organising workshops to help carers understand the impact that the Care Act might have on people who look after a friend or relative.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyTower Hamlets awarded £65,000 to help domestic violence victims (18 January 2016)

 

The community safety team at Tower Hamlets local authority has been awarded nearly £65,000 in additional funding to help support victims of domestic violence and abuse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyWelsh Government announces £22m fund to help support vulnerable children, adults and older people (15 January 2016)

 

The Welsh Government has awarded a grant of nearly £22 million to organisations in Wales, to help support vulnerable children, adults and older people.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyMinister visits Harlow Citizen’s Advice in support of domestic abuse campaign (11 January 2016)

 

The Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation Karen Bradley has visited Essex to talk to staff and volunteers at Harlow’s Citizens Advice about their campaign to encourage both victims and witnesses in domestic violence cases to talk about the crime.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyThree jailed for domestic abuse of woman kept as slave (8 January 2016)

 

Nottingham Crown Court has sentenced a man to prison, after he repeatedly assaulted a woman with learning difficulties for more than two years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:FamilyMoJ updates public info family mediation leaflet for supporters of separating families (4 January 2016)

 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has updated its family mediation public information leaflet online.. Read more...