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Some parents may have to pay for family support services, a union has said.Unite raised concerns that proposals from Cornwall Council could eventually lead to some parents needing to "pay for health visitors".But Cornwall Council (pictured) insisted there were no plans to charge for any health services for children and…
A man handed a three-and-a-half-year jail term after attacking his partner should be given no information about their two daughters unless one of them dies, a High Court judge has decided.Mr Justice Keehan was told that the man had been assessed as "high risk" by social workers after mounting a…
A campaigner has told MSPs he feels a special moment has been “stolen” from him because he cannot ask his stepfather to adopt him now he is over 18. Nathan Sparling, 28, wants to change the law in Scotland which currently limits adoption to people aged under 18. Speaking at…
A British mother who moved her daughters to Alaska without their father's permission has been jailed after admitting abduction charges. Indea Ford, 34, broke court orders to take the children to Sitka after the breakdown of their "acrimonious" relationship, Isleworth Crown Court heard on Monday. Ford, who previously lived in…
A man who brutally murdered his mother-in-law after she helped her daughter escape their unhappy arranged marriage has been jailed for a minimum of 21 years. The killing on the morning of February 7 took place just days after the victim's daughter left Muhammad Tafham, 31, to move back in…
Couples raising two children while working full-time on the minimum wage are falling £49 a week short of being able to provide their family with a basic, no-frills lifestyle, research has found. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) called for an increase in the so-called national living wage to allow…
Men's welfare campaigners fear an "unconscious bias" is causing police to ignore psychological abuse of vulnerable men by a partner and focus only on female victims. The comments came after it emerged that in the first year since a law against engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate…
A woman who wants to divorce her husband of 40 years because she says their marriage has broken down is "devastated" after losing a Supreme Court fight, a lawyer has said. Five Supreme Court justices have ruled that Tini Owens must stay married to Hugh Owens (pictured). One, Supreme Court…
More than half of homeless families in temporary accommodation are in work, figures show. Some 55% of families are holding down a job despite having nowhere stable to live, research by Shelter's social housing commission has found. It estimated that there are currently around 33,000 "working homeless", which has risen…
Lone parents and their children are going to the UK's highest court in a battle against the Government's controversial benefit cap. Supreme Court justices will hear several challenges over the lawfulness of the measure in cases brought against the Work and Pensions Secretary. Part of the proceedings in London, which…
More than seven million people in the UK are providing unpaid care for family members, a report has said. Almost 15% of adults now give up their time for free to look after relatives, providing an average of 19.5 hours of care per week, independent think-tank Social Market Foundation said.…
Council bosses took legal action after a social worker mislaid a notebook containing sensitive information about families he was working with. Bosses at Derby City Council discovered that Gideon Zeti's notebook had been read by a member of the public who had copied parts of it. They feared that confidential…
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