Some parents are using the lockdown to inflict emotional abuse on children warn family barristers

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Tue, 05/26/2020 - 9:38am

A LEGAL service giving separating/divorcing parents direct access to barristers says it’s seeing an increase in emotional abuse during the lockdown and is worried about the damage it’s causing children.

Children in the Middle says it wants to raise awareness of parental alienation to ensure it’s recognised, so youngsters at home under COVID-19 restrictions are less vulnerable to it.

Charity rolls out Free accredited online activity sessions for disabled children across UK 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:37am

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that it is to extend its programme of online activity sessions, for disabled children, across the UK.

The 'LifeSkills' programme, open to disabled children and those with additional needs aged 8-18, will be delivered through online video calls, three times a week, and has been designed to encourage children and their families to participate in activities outside a school setting.

It’s ‘Virtually’ the Devon School Games

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/17/2020 - 3:46pm

Despite the Coronavirus restrictions, Devon’s schoolchildren will still be able to take part in the popular School Games this year.  In fact, it’s ‘virtually’ the same as normal!

Front cover of Mouff, the book to encourage better dental health

Mouff makes brushing your teeth cool for kids

Authored by FORCE Cancer Charity
Posted: Thu, 05/14/2020 - 9:11am

A dental nurse from Exeter has written a new children’s book with eye-catching characters to encourage kids to brush their teeth.

Shelley Poole created Mouff to make it easy for children to understand just how important it is to keep their teeth clean.

Mouff and the monsters who live among his molars deliver a colourful message about oral hygiene that appeals to youngsters.

She is especially keen to spread the word while access to dental practices is limited during the COVID-19 crisis.

YoungMinds publishes parent to parent mental health guide 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/10/2020 - 11:48pm

YoungMinds, the UK’s leading children and young people’s mental health charity, has published a guide sharing advice from parents to other parents on how to support themselves and the young people in their care during the coronavirus pandemic. 

NSPCC launches UK-wide campaign to help children exposed to harm under the lockdown

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/04/2020 - 12:22pm

With growing concern for the safety of some children during the coronavirus crisis the NSPCC wants more people to know how to get advice and support and where to raise concerns about a child’s wellbeing.

The charity is launching a new TV and advertising campaign today (May 4) across the UK to promote its free and confidential helpline for adults.

The film, which will run on national television and across social media, depicts a helpline expert taking a call from someone concerned for the wellbeing of a neighbour’s child.

Legal practice says risks to children need to be managed as domestic abuse cases rise during COVID-19 outbreak.

Legal practice says risks to children need to be managed as domestic abuse cases rise during COVID-19 outbreak

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:58am

A WESTCOUNTRY legal practice says children are at risk of harm as cases of domestic abuse rise during the COVID-19 outbreak (May 2020).

UK domestic abuse charity, Refuge, reported a 700% increase in calls to its helpline during the crisis. Experts at Children in the Middle say there may need to be applications to the courts to manage risks to children.

Play areas get makeover whilst closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 04/17/2020 - 3:03pm

Some play areas in Exeter are being refurbished whilst the equipment is out of use due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the City Council has revealed.

Making the repairs now mean the areas will be ready for use once restrictions are lifted, limiting any future disruption.

Cllr David Harvey, Lead Councillor for Environment and City Management, said money left at the end of the last financial year had allowed them to refurbish two play towers at Anne Close.

Protection and care of children remains as important as ever during COVID-19 outbreak

Protection and care of children remains as important as ever during COVID-19 outbreak

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Wed, 04/08/2020 - 4:53pm

A WESTCOUNTRY legal practice says during these uncertain times the protection and care of children remains as important as ever (April, 2020).

As of March 24, it was confirmed by the Government that children can move between separated parents during the current coronavirus restrictions.