Fifth of UK couples close to break-up – Relate study

Almost one in five (18%) couples in the UK argue regularly or consider separating, a study suggests. The report, carried out by charity Relate and based on a survey of 20,980 people in relationships from 2013-15, suggested 2.87 million people were in “distressed” relationships. Dr David Marjoribanks, from Relate, said constant bickering could have a […]

One in five children referred over suspected abuse

One in five of all children born in a single year in England was referred to social services before they reached age five, research suggests. A study of children born in 2009-10 suggests up to 150,000 pre-school children were reported over fears of abuse or neglect, most unnecessarily. Only 25% of referrals were formally investigated […]

Children in care: Call to cut prosecutions for minor offences

Children in care should not be prosecuted for minor offences, a report looking at their over-representation in the criminal justice system says. The review for the Prison Reform Trust calls on the government to draw up new procedures to protect these children from criminalisation. Lord Laming’s report says half of children in custody in England […]

Adoption law reform aims to speed up placements

A shake-up of adoption rules in England aims to move more children more quickly from the care system to family life. The Children and Social Work Bill, unveiled in the Queen’s Speech, aims to reduce delays in placing children with an adoptive family. The new law will also aim to improve social care standards across […]

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