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Social workers are set to Skype two brothers at the centre of family court litigation after being taken to Iraq. A judge says he wants to hear what the boys, who are 14 and 11, have to say about the dispute between their parents. Mr Justice Holman has told staff…
Parents are failing to spend enough time with their children, with some admitting they can go days without proper interaction, a charity is warning. A poll for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that parents are often too busy to spend quality time with their offspring, while a substantial proportion…
Urgent action is needed to improve the child support system amid concerns single-parent families are "slipping through the safety net", MPs have warned. The Work and Pensions Committee said the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) must be tougher on enforcing payment of child support and tackling gaps in its provision for…
Visiting and keeping in touch with loved ones who have moved into a care home is a vital part of family life. And now a new resource has been launched to help families overcome some of the barriers that can crop up when a loved-one living with dementia moves into…
Growing numbers of women in England are experiencing ‘hidden homelessness’ – living in precarious arrangements without privacy or their own legal living space - according to new research. Women’s homelessness is a major social problem in the UK, with the latest figures revealing that from 1998 – 2015, 1,475,150 households…
Child victims of sex abuse within families are being let down by the system, new research has warned. Young people are often left to report the abuse themselves when authorities fail to pick up on signs, a series of reports found. Even after their experiences are disclosed, investigations into sex…
Around one million "unsung heroes" who care for vulnerable relatives will be given a £10 a week benefits boost under the first year of a Labour government, Jeremy Corbyn will announce. Conservative cuts to inheritance tax would be scrapped to pay for the 17% hike in Carer's Allowance, the Labour…
A father-of-four has lost the latest round of a "worrying" family court battle over the care of his youngest child. Social workers at Brighton & Hove City Council had raised welfare concerns shortly after the little girl, now four, was born. Judges have been told that the children's mother had…
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