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Research released by Women's Aid and Cafcass finds that 62% of applications to the family court about where a child should live or spend time feature allegations of domestic abuse. The research highlights the significant impact on children who experience domestic abuse, with those in the sample exhibiting a range…
Baby boxes will be sent out to new parents across Scotland from this week, as the scheme is introduced across the country. The delivery of the boxes, containing essential items such as clothes, books and blankets, will begin on Tuesday. The national roll-out follows pilot projects in Orkney and Clackmannanshire…
More than 50,000 families are now subject to the benefit cap since ministers introduced a lower limit on the amount of money they can claim, new figures show. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) data shows 68,000 households had their incomes capped under the policy as of May. Of these,…
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has won £1.95m of funding from the Department for Education’s Innovation Programme for a three year project which will transform help for children and families experiencing domestic abuse. SafeCORE will work intensively with up to 360 local families a year who have had a number…
Financial support for poorer parents will more than double from summer 2019 when the first new Scottish benefit starts being paid, Social Security Secretary Angela Constance has said. Qualifying families will receive £1,100 for their first child under the best start grant, with the money split into three payments which…
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…
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