A High Court judge has been criticised for saying that "cultural context" should be taken into consideration when investigating child abuse.Read the full story ›
A toddler has been taken from his parents and will be put up for adoption in part due to the level of cigarette smoke in the home.Read the full story ›
A new study has raised fears that prolonged use of paracetamol in pregnancy may reduce testosterone production in male babies.Read the full story ›
Schoolchildren could face disruption before the end of the year after teachers voted for a post-election ballot on national strikes over education funding cuts. Delegates at the National Union of Teachers annual conference in Harrogate backed a resolution effectively giving the next government a six-month deadline to come up with a fresh plan to protect school spending, or face industrial action, including walkouts.
They warned that the looming funding cuts currently faced by schools and colleges will damage pupils' education, lead to job losses and hit teachers' pay, pensions and workload.
Shared parental leave has officially come into effect for parents whose kids are born or adopted, on or after today, but how does it work.Read the full story ›
A charity is warning the legislation will not have the desired impact unless businesses give it their full backing.
Barnardo's believes the new measures will allow low-paid working families, where the mother is the higher earner, the opportunity to provide parental support for their child without worrying about losing their jobs.
Leave to look after children is not only a woman's issue.
This law can spearhead a profound cultural change and tackle long-standing gender-biased attitudes to parenting.
This entitlement must be met with a commitment from businesses to ensure employees understand their rights and suffer no stigma in the workplace for taking parental leave.
The legislation applies equally for same-sex and adoptive couples.
A charity has said employers must throw their weight behind a new law which allows fathers of new babies to share parental leave with their partners - or it could quickly "run into the sand".
Parents of babies born from tomorrow can now split up to 52 weeks of shared parental leave between them as well as up to 39 weeks of statutory shared parental pay, Barnardo's said.
Saving will be made fairer for more than 6 million children whose cash has previously been trapped in a child trust fund from tomorrow.Read the full story ›
The Government have unveiled their places to improves mental health support for young people.
A host of new measures are planed, including:
- An anti-stigma campaign to improve awareness of youth mental health issues.
- Young people to have access to timely support in every part of the country. Applying similar waiting times to mental as clinical health.
- A one-stop-shop service to give children access to the right support.
- Extra training for those who work with children, including GPs.
- Support to continue past teenage years into the early 20s.
- Improving access for children and young people who are particularly vulnerable.
- Improved access to support using apps and other online tools.
Changes to care for young people with mental health problems is to be announced by the Government today.Read the full story ›