Family Life

More protection for Plymouth children, Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership, NSPCC

More protection for Plymouth children as Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership joins forces with the NSPCC

Delivery drivers, community volunteers and those working in trades are just some of the professionals the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership is asking to undertake free online training to help spot child abuse and neglect in the city.

Joining forces with the NSPCC they aim to provide workers with knowledge on how to potentially spot signs of child abuse, through the charity’s...

Early years experts urge parents to consider children’s socialisation

Experts in Early Years education are urging parents of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers not to let their children miss out on vital socialisation during lockdown.

The Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School group, which runs 24 settings across the South West and is open to children aged 3-months to 5-years as per Government guidelines, says that some parents are keeping children at...

Children with anxiety invited to take part in study looking at how treatments can be delivered in line with COVID-19 social distancing rules

Parents of 5-12 year old children from Devon who suffer from anxiety are being invited to join a research study looking at the best way to deliver treatment for child anxiety problems when there are social-distancing restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

The Co-CAT study (Child Anxiety Treatment in the context of COVID-19) is being led by Professor Cathy Creswell at the University...

Family lawyer

We don’t want to talk about…. Divorce Day!

Divorce lawyer Donna Hart from The Family Law Company suggests there is another way to start 2021 rather than go straight for the split.

Every new year family lawyers talk about Divorce Day - the first Monday in January after the Christmas break is finished. This year it falls on January 4.

Traditionally it is the day when a spike is seen in divorce enquiries, attributed to the...

NSPCC

Referrals from NSPCC helpline about child abuse double in the South West - sparking Christmas warning

Concerns about child abuse have soared since national lockdown measures were first introduced, the NSPCC has found – with the average monthly number of referrals from the charity’s helpline on the issue increasing by over 100% in the South West.

The NSPCC has analysed its data from April to November and has found that the level of concern about emotional abuse, neglect, and physical...

Adoption, Adopt. Adopt South West

Torbay residents urged to consider becoming adoptive parents

A shortage of potential adopters in Torbay is making it difficult to give children permanent homes, according to the south west region’s adoption agency, Adopt South West.

Kath Drescher, Service Manager of Adopt South West , says: “In some parts of the region we have a concentration of approved adopters, but we don’t have sufficient numbers in Torbay and surrounding areas and having...

Local charity project helps three children with complex needs to find the family they have been waiting for

Family for Me, a campaign specifically to find families in the South West for children who have been waiting the longest to be adopted is now searching nationwide for families for 3 children where all other adoptive family finding have failed.

Family for Me have begun the search for a family for Texas-Rose, Gabriella and Kevin across the UK to help the Local Authority where they are...

The Family Law Company

Divorce on the rise?

According to the Office of National Statistics there was an 18% rise in divorces in 2019.

Figures just released indicate that both same sex couples and opposite sex couples saw an increase in divorce and/or dissolution.

There were 107,599 opposite-sex divorces in 2019, an increase of 18.4% from 90,871 in 2018 and the highest since 2014. For same-sex divorces the figure...

4 Warning Signs Your Relationship Won’t Survive Another Lockdown

It’s no secret that lockdown has been hard on everyone, from not being able to see friends and family to being stuck indoors staring at the same four walls whilst trying not to get in each other’s way all day, every day. For others, they have even been juggling working from home, homeschooling, and trying not to go insane in the process.

As Wales continues through a firebreak...

Only 3 UK regions are searching for senior dog adoption

As well as edging one month closer to Christmas and welcoming colder and crisper weather, November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, a month dedicated to helping older dogs find a forever home. It isn’t surprising to learn that older dogs experience great difficulty when trying to find a new and loving family—it is a sad reality we should all be aware. After all, every animal deserves to...