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Should I get a Prenuptial Agreement? (8 November 2018)

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a prenuptial agreement, and although drawing up arrangements to separate is likely to be the last thing an engaged couple wants to do, the ever-increasing UK divorce rate may be incentive enough to consider getting a prenuptial agreement. Below, we answer some of the most common questions related to prenuptial agreements.   Read more...

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Parental Alienation (15 October 2018)

Parental alienation, in relation to family court cases, is difficult to define due to the fact that the degree of impact parental alienation has on a child remains under debate. Broadly speaking, parental alienation occurs when a child begins rejecting one parent largely due to the influence and/or manipulation of the other.   Read more...

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Owens v Owens: five year separation upheld in no-fault divorce (26 July 2018)

Tini Owens and Hugh Owens, 68 and 86 respectively, have been married for 50 years and have two adult children. When Mrs Owens petitioned for a divorce claiming she endured a “loveless marriage”, her husband refused, leaving her no choice but to seek help from the courts. Their verdict: ‘Mrs Owens must remain married to Mr Owens for the time being’ until they have been separated for 5 years.  Read more...

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Domestic Abuse Survivors and Children found Sleeping Rough (19 July 2018)

Survivors of domestic abuse and their children were found to be sleeping rough after being unable to find safe accommodation says charity Women’s Aid. Women’s Aid stated that the survey of some of the most vulnerable women who have sought out help from the charity were unable to access refuge immediately, with 12% of women forced to sleep rough before making contact, including pregnant women and women with children.  Read more...

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Sapphire Stait Offers Free Legal Advice to Women at the Birmingham Freedom Project (10 July 2018)

Childcare and Family Solicitor Sapphire Stait has set up a free legal advice clinic at the Birmingham Freedom Project in Kings Heath, Birmingham, providing legal advice on family and childcare matters to those women who have been affected by domestic abuse.   Read more...

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Call for Cross-Examination Reform: Family Courts failing to protect victims of domestic abuse (27 June 2018)

Women’s Aid and Queen Mary University of London have conducted a study into domestic abuse, human rights and childcare proceedings in the family courts, finding that 24% of women surveyed had been cross-examined by their abusers in court. This comes a year after the government promised to stop this practice in family courts, pointing out that it would not be allowed in criminal courts since it exposes victims to undue trauma and distress.   Read more...

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Harsh Reality of Legal Aid Cuts: Rape victim forced to represent herself in court (18 June 2018)

In this recent case, care proceedings had been brought to decide whether the father should have contact with his daughter after the mother had accused him of sexual assault.   Read more...

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Mother Found Guilty of Forcing Her Teenage Daughter To Marry (7 June 2018)

A mother, who forced her daughter to marry a relative almost twice the age of her daughter, was found guilty of the first successful prosecution for a forced marriage in England.   Read more...

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The Government announce £6 million funding for children of alcoholics (24 April 2018)

The government have pledged to fund £6 million towards support for children with parents who are alcoholics and has planned to create programs to offer that support and advice for children whose parents suffer from alcoholism by including fast access to mental health service and offering treatment programs to help parents overcome their addictions.  Read more...

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Proposals for Domestic Abuse Perpetrators to be Electronically Tagged (17 April 2018)

There have been calls for tighter restrictions from the Home Office for domestic abusers to prevent them from causing further abuse by electronically monitoring perpetrators and banning consumption of alcohol.   Read more...

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A move towards a more transparent, child-focused approach to Judgments? (12 October 2017)

This case concerns a father's application for his 14-year old son to move with him to live in Scandinavia. The parents had been separated for many years and the child had always lived with his mother and step-father. The father’s application was opposed by the mother and also by the child's guardian, however the child wanted to move to live with his Father in Scandinavia.   Read more...

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£160,000 funding for new domestic violence support service for young women in West Lancashire (30 August 2017)

West Lancashire County Council has announced a new scheme to help young women in West Lancashire avoid being victims of domestic abuse  Read more...

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£450,000 funding for new domestic violence Perpetrator Pathway service in Essex (29 August 2017)

The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Partnership has been awarded funding of £450,000 over three years for a new Perpetrator Pathway service  Read more...

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Sandwell Council hosts health event to tackle FGM (24 August 2017)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has hosted an event to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  Read more...

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Wolverhampton awarded £500,000 to prevent violence against women and girls (23 August 2017)

City of Wolverhampton Council has been awarded more than £500,000 to further improve its work in preventing violence against women and girls  Read more...

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Shropshire launches care initiatives to help vulnerable residents remain in their homes (22 August 2017)

Shropshire Council has launched a series of initiatives to ensure those in need of support remain at home, rather than in a nursing or care home  Read more...

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Wigan Council has announced a new way for helping people who want to adopt (17 August 2017)

Together for adoption is a new service which will offer children and families in the region the support and guidance they need throughout the adoption journey  Read more...

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Should domestic abusers be put on a register in order to protect survivors? (15 August 2017)

A new report has revealed that the number of domestic abuse victims across London has risen by 15% in the last two years. Figures have shown that domestic abuse now accounts for almost one in ten criminal offences in the city, with 62,546 reported victims in 2014 rising to 71,926 in 2016  Read more...

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£52 million released through Adoption Support Fund (3 August 2017)

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that more than £52 million has now been released through the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped 22,000 children  Read more...

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City of York 30-Hour childcare pilot shows council achieved 100% sign up (31 July 2017)

An in-depth study on City of York Council’s 30 Hours of free childcare trial has confirmed that the council exceeded its government target – and secured 100% sign-up from private and voluntary settings  Read more...

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Record number of children living in households with at least one working adult (27 July 2017)

New figures show that the proportion of children living in a household with no working adult has fallen in every region of Great Britain since 2010  Read more...

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Wirral becomes first council on Merseyside to become a Fostering Friendly Employer (24 July 2017)

Wirral Council has announced that it has become the first council on Merseyside to be awarded Fostering Friendly Employer status by the national Fostering Network charity  Read more...

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West Sussex County Council seeks local feedback on proposals for adult care (24 July 2017)

West Sussex County Council is asking local residents to help shape how the county council delivers adult social care in the future  Read more...

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Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill introduced into Parliament (20 July 2017)

The government has introduced the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill in Parliament, which will set out “bereavement support” for employees  Read more...

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Wolverhampton Council issues guidance on how to spot the signs of CSE (19 July 2017)

City of Wolverhampton Council has issued guidance on how to recognise the stages of grooming, to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE)  Read more...

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Wiltshire MARAC marks ten years of helping domestic violence victims (18 July 2017)

A multi-agency forum in Wiltshire, which has helped more than 4,000 victims or potential victims of domestic abuse, has marked ten years of dedicated support  Read more...

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Schools in Wales asked to be aware of risk of FGM being carried out during summer holidays (18 July 2017)

Welsh Assembly Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has written to all schools in Wales to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  Read more...

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Buckinghamshire County Council invests £2m in four new children’s homes (18 July 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council has agreed plans to go ahead with the development of new children’s homes in Buckinghamshire, in a drive to keep “Bucks children” in Buckinghamshire  Read more...

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Milton Keynes Council pioneers joint approach to tackling FGM in the community (17 July 2017)

Milton Keynes Council has announced a multi-agency approach to tackling the issues of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the local community  Read more...

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Law Commission launches public consultation on updating law on wills (17 July 2017)

The Law Commission has launched a public consultation on the outdated law of wills, which it says is out of step with the modern world and fails to protect the vulnerable  Read more...

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Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme awards Cornwall Council £1.9m to transform children’s services (13 July 2017)

The government has awarded Cornwall Council £1.9 million to support the transformation of education, health and social care services across the county  Read more...

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Supreme Court ruling gives same-sex couples equal pension rights with heterosexual couples (13 July 2017)

A unanimous decision by five judges at the Supreme Court means that an exemption in the Equality Act allowing companies to exclude same-sex partners from spousal benefits paid into pension funds before December 2005 is discriminatory  Read more...

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Sandwell Council urges parents to claim 30 hours of free childcare (13 July 2017)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands is encouraging working parents and carers of three- and four-year-olds in Sandwell to claim 30 hours of free childcare  Read more...

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Buckinghamshire County Council says those with learning disabilities may be vulnerable to domestic abuse (27 June 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council and its partners Thames Valley Police, Women’s Aid, SMART CJS and Rape Crisis are reminding the public that those with learning disabilities can be vulnerable to domestic violence and abuse  Read more...

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Buckinghamshire 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...

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Bradford 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...

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Proceeds 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...

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Sandwell 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...

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Merton 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...

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Medway 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...

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Oxfordshire 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...

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Oxfordshire 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...

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North 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...

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North 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...

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London 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...

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Welsh 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...

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Medway 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...

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New 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...

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Dorset 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...

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Government 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...

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£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...

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DPW 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...

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Running 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...

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West 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...

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DWP 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...

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Families 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...

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Cardiff 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...

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Newham 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...

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£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...

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New 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...

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Lincolnshire 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...

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Bexley’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...

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Islington 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...

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The 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...

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Hillingdon 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...

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Swansea 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...

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Bedfordshire 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...

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Jail 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...

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Chancellor 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...

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Removal 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...

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Removal 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...

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90% 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...

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Canterbury 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...

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Government 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...

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Welsh 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...

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Southwest 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...

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Newcastle 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...

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Leeds 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...

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Ofsted 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...

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£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...

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Public 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...

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Wolverhampton 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...

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Proving 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...

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New 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...

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Islington 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...

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FBI 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...

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Bristol 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...

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Bristol 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...

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London 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...

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Child 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...

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Parents “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...

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Praise 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...

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Department 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...

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Somerset 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...

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Extra 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...

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Domestic 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...

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Dover 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...

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DfE 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...

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Reading 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...

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Gateshead 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...


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