November, 2014

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Proposed law change supporting male victims of domestic violence

A charity that supports male victims of domestic violence, the Mankind Initiative has declared its backing for the recommendation that there should be a specific criminal offence of domestic abuse in regards to controlling and coercive behaviour in intimate relationships. New Changes help abused men in domestic violence cases SuchRead More

Children’s social care referrals have risen by 10%

Information on children referred to and assessed by children’s social services as children in need between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014, has been published by the Department for Education. According to the information released, there was a 10.8% increase in the number of referrals to children’s social careRead More

Children’s and adolescents’ mental health service facing serious problems

A report by the Health Select Committee published on 5th November 2014, has warned there are ‘serious and deeply ingrained problems’ running throughout the entire system. According to the report, the safety of young people is at risk with access to inpatient mental health services severely inadequate. This means the safetyRead More

Parents refusing to pay child support risk damaging credit rating

The Government has announced a new measure that could affect the credit rating of non-maintenance paying parents from early next year. A new rule introduced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), aimed at penalizing separated parents who build up arrears in child maintenance payments, is due to beRead More

Separating couples to receive mediating session from 3 November

Government announces free mediation sessions to couples separating in England and Wales. Couples with plans to separate in England and Wales will now be able deal with their own  problems upon separating according to a recent announcement from the government. From 3rd November the first mediating session for both parties willRead More