A charity that supports male victims of Domestic Abuse, 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.
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.
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.
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 be introduced from March 2015.
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.
Though the Legal Aid Agency received 125 applications for exceptional case funding from April until June 2014, only four of these applications have so far been granted. A remaining 24 applications await a decision, while 79 were refused, 2 withdrawn, and 16 rejected.
A Devon couple presented the Minister for Equalities with a 40,000 signature petition requesting a change to the regulations which govern the civil partnership to same sex marriage conversion.
According to the Agency's latest quarterly summary, the live caseload decreased 1% in the quarter ending June 2014. There was a slightly larger reduction in those due to pay using the Collection Service than those to pay via the Maintenance Direct service.
The recent changes to the Collect and Pay system operated by the Child Maintenance Service, which were introduced on the 11th of August, are attracting controversy. Resolution as well as the Gingerbread single parents support group criticise the scheme for affecting vulnerable families most.
Controversy over the new child maintenance enforcement fees, new statistics on same-sex marriages, and more. Here is the news in brief.