Family Life

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Family law 'by the book' in lockdown

The Family Law Company in Devon was pivotal to the publishing of a topical book answering commonly-asked questions from couples separating during the pandemic.

Separation & Parenting Through the Pandemic: Key Questions Answered provides a useful resource not just for parents, but also counsellors, family members, family support organisations, and family lawyers and mediators....

7.6 million parents stay together because of their kids

New research​ ​from Direct Line Life Insurance reveals 7.6 million parents have stayed in a relationship for longer than they would have liked with their spouse or partner because they have children together. Over a fifth (22 per cent) of parents that would have split up, stayed together for longer because of their kids.

On average, parents are staying in relationships for over half...

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New report drills down into failings of family justice system

Lawyers from The Family Law Company have welcomed the findings of a new report which looks at how the family justice system responds to allegations of domestic abuse and what must be done to ensure consistency.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the 216-page report "Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases" draws on evidence presented in over 1...

NSPCC expands service to help keep Plymouth school children safe online during COVID-19 crisis

Children across the city are spending more time online as a result of being asked to stay at home, and so the NSPCC in Plymouth is adapting its In Ctrl service that helps safeguard children and prevent online sexual abuse

The service was launched at the start of the year and was being piloted in a group-work setting at Marine Academy Plymouth under the charity’s Together for...

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge

Libraries across Devon and Torbay are calling for children to sign up to the Silly Squad Summer Challenge and read six books this summer as part of the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge will run from Saturday 4th July to Saturday 5th September. The online launch event will be on Saturday 4th July, a specially commissioned event featuring Rob Pudner of...

Housebuilder gives parents a sporting boost to keep children active

Parents in South West are being offered an online ‘sports day at home’ pack thanks to a leading housebuilder’s partnership with Team GB.

With the current Covid-19 crisis still unfolding, many parents have had to get used to home schooling amid the uncertainty of when their children will return to school.

Now Persimmon Homes South West, thanks to its ongoing partnership with...

Research reveals it takes 8 adults to raise a child in the South West

It takes an average of eight adults to raise a single child in the South West, with teachers (48 percent), grandmothers (40 percent), grandfathers (34 percent), older siblings (24 percent), and aunts (16 percent) all playing key roles alongside parents, according to the results of a study amongst British parents and children.

Over a quarter of those surveyed believe it takes as many...

Plymouth family survive terrifying Covid ordeal with help from children’s hospice

The family of a Plymouth boy with complex medical needs have been speaking about the ‘beyond special’ care provided by their local children’s hospice after they were hit by a triple coronavirus diagnosis last month.

Parents Rachel and Jason Willingham say Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) offered a haven during a terrifying month-long ordeal after they both fell ill with Covid-19...

How to Have a Fun Day on the Beach This Summer With Your Dog

When the sun is shining and the mercury is rising, there is nothing that many of us want to do more than pay a visit to the nearest beach. It is only natural to want to bring your dog with you on these trips, but if you are going to then there are some tips you should observe.

Get Everything Ready

Before you and your pet head off to the beach, you should run through your checklist of...

NSPCC Look Say Sing Play campaign helps young families through lockdown

Parents have hailed the NSPCC’s Look, Say, Sing, Play campaign a lifesaver during lockdown, as it launches nationally across the UK today.

During a virtual focus group with parents and an Early Years practitioner, the charity heard about the challenges of caring for a new born without baby groups, soft play, playgrounds or seeing friends and family.

But the group found the...