Family Law (10 September – 24 September)

Family News

Divorce rate falls by over half among newlyweds

Family Law Week – 23 September

New analysis conducted by the Marriage Foundation has found a significant reduction in divorce rates. Divorce rates for couples who have been married for three years have more than halved since the peak in 1993 and reduced by 39% for couples married for five years.

Multi-agency unit to tackle 'county lines' crime launches

Cypnow – 21 September

The National County Lines Coordination Centre will be working to tackle the use of children in county line crimes relating to the supply of Class A drugs in a £3.6 million project. The aim is to tackle the issues of modern slavery and child exploitation and for the centre to help the 200 odd investigations currently underway.

Divorce law to be reformed

Family Law Week – 17 September

The government has revealed plans to reform current legal requirements for divorce, subject to a consultation. The reform would include removing ‘fault’ from divorce proceedings and any other requirements that ‘can lead to conflict and accordingly poor outcomes for children.’ The consultation is open from 15 September 2018 to 10 December 2018.

Councils using 'hundreds of thousands of people's data to try and predict child abuse'

The Telegraph – 17 September

Five local authorities, Thurrock, Brent, Bristol, Hackney and Newham, have been accused of using 370,000 people’s data to predict child abuse. The councils have been creating an algorithm using data such as school attendance, police records and housing association repairs.

Number of children in care for emotional abuse soars

The Guardian – 14 September

There has been a 164% rise in the number of children in care for emotional abuse since 2007-8. ‘Risk of emotional harm’ is a contentious issue with some stating it is protecting the child from potential risk and others claiming it is wrong to remove a child from their parents when they haven’t harmed them.

Educational psychologists demand UK-wide smacking ban

Cypnow – 12 September

The Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) has called for a UK-wide ban on smacking, citing the harm smacking does to children’s mental health. Although it is illegal in schools, smacking is still allowed by a parent or caregiver in the home. Sixty countries have already fully banned smacking and Wales and Scotland have put forward proposals.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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