Family and Home
All policy and legislation to pass new government “families test”

All policy and legislation to pass new government “families test”

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has drawn up a “families test” of five questions which civil servants must address before policy or legislation can be brought to Parliament. At The Relationship Alliance Summit held earlier this year in London, prime minister David Cameron announced that a “families test” would be

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New child maintenance laws may cause “income trap” for single-parent families

New child maintenance laws may cause “income trap” for single-parent families

Charities and campaigners raise concern over changes to child maintenance payments that may leave one-parent families vulnerable and at a “disadvantage”. As the Child Support Agency (CSA) winds down in readiness for its replacement by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), government changes to the service have raised concern over the

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Investigation launched into the effects of family immigration laws by children’s commissioner

Investigation launched into the effects of family immigration laws by children’s commissioner

Children’s commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has launched a consultation investigating the impact of immigration rule changes in 2012 following concerns that a “child’s fundamental right to be brought up by both parents […] was being breached by the rules.” In 2012 the government introduced new minimum income thresholds of

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Children vote unanimously against media access to family court hearings

Children vote unanimously against media access to family court hearings

Children with experience of family court hearings voted unanimously against further media access, stating they are private “for good reason”. In a report commissioned by the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC), 11 young people were quizzed on their views of media access

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Landmark Welsh ruling to ban smoking in cars whilst children are present

Landmark Welsh ruling to ban smoking in cars whilst children are present

Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones has announced the launch of a country-wide ban of smoking in cars whilst children are present in an aim to protect children from second-hand smoke in a confined space. A recent University of Cardiff study into the exposure of childhood second-hand smoke (SHS) in Wales

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Maternity care: mothers want “more support” and ban on sales reps in maternity wards

Maternity care: mothers want “more support” and ban on sales reps in maternity wards

Two different surveys, undertaken by 4Children and Mumsnet, show two sides of the coin for mothers’ experiences with maternity health care. Children’s charity 4Children commissioned a poll of 1,346 mothers that revealed inconsistency in pre- and post-natal care from health providers. Although 90% of the mothers polled said they had

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More families in need supported by children’s centres

More families in need supported by children’s centres

Research compiled by the DoSPI (Department of Social Policy and Intervention) at the University of Oxford states that “children’s centres are reaching over 90% of families most in need.” The report, Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE), documents the “reach area” and levels of use that children’s centres in

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Burglary can have “disturbing effect” on children, say Victim Support and ADT

Burglary can have “disturbing effect” on children, say Victim Support and ADT

Almost 300,000 children could be affected by a burglary at their property in England and Wales each year, says new research compiled by Ipsos Mori on behalf of charity Victim Support and ADT, the security specialist. The research, which sampled 1000 adults in England and Wales, was carried out between

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Boosting adoption: Government funds three new voluntary adoption agencies

Boosting adoption: Government funds three new voluntary adoption agencies

6000 children still need a home The government has announced the opening of three new voluntary adoption agencies (VAA) in a bid to encourage more people to consider adopting a child, taking the total number to 28 across the country. The three new VAAs, based in Cambridge, Sunderland and the

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Childminders to receive more support from government

Childminders to receive more support from government

Childminders are soon to receive more support, training and advice to deliver quality childcare services for parents across the UK, the government has announced. The number of childminders looking after children in their homes in the UK has fallen by almost 50% over the last two decades and the government

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