Family Life

New #YouCanAdopt campaign launches in Devon

Regional Adoption Agency Adopt South West and independent adoption charity Families for Children, join the coalition of National, Regional and Voluntary adoption agencies across the country, supported by the Department for Education (DfE), to launch a...




Military families in the South West invited to enter national photo competition

Authored by Mary

The charity Little Troopers wants military families in the South West to send in family photos to its national photo competition that will shine a light on the day-to-day lives of military children.

The competition is part of the charity’s ‘Through Our Eyes’ campaign which acknowledges and celebrates the unique experience of being a military child. British Armed Forces families are...

80,000 Wearable School Uniforms Binned in the South West Every Year

Authored by News Desk

New research has revealed that parents in the South West unnecessarily threw away 80,000 school uniforms in 20191 despite the fact they were still in good condition, making up 5% of the 1.4 million binned nationally.

The study found that one in 10 simply throw uniform items away once their children have outgrown them, even though they are still in a wearable condition.


The missing piece: How to solve family mysteries and puzzles with DNA testing

Authored by Sarah Parker

There are many reasons why there are mysteries or puzzles within families. Perhaps a relative became estranged, perhaps there was some secret or scandal that someone wanted to keep hidden like a teen pregnancy or an affair that led to a child. Perhaps a child or children were adopted. Maybe there has always been a question, though likely an unasked question, as to why a family member looks so...

NSPCC, child sexual abuse

Child sex offences jump almost 40% over five years in the South West as NSPCC calls for urgent action to tackle crisis of abuse

Authored by News Desk

UK Police recorded more than 200 child sex offences, on average, every day last year, new figures from the NSPCC reveal.

Out of the 73,518 recorded offences including rape, online grooming and sexual assault against children in the UK in 2019/20, police in the South West region registered 5,310 offences – up 38% in the five years since 2014/15.

Where gender and age were...

Get up close with wildlife at Seaton Wetlands new sculpture trail

Authored by Mary

Families can now enjoy a new wildlife-themed sculpture trail at Seaton Wetlands, featuring 11 natural sculptures spread around the nature reserve.

Funded by Tesco’s Bags of Help, all of the sculptures have been made by craftsmen out of natural materials. Coates Willow created seven of the sculptures by weaving willow to form intricate wildlife sculptures. The four wooden sculptures...

Parenting book

Family law 'by the book' in lockdown

Authored by The Family Law Co.

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

Authored by News Desk

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...

lawyer profile

New report drills down into failings of family justice system

Authored by The Family Law Co.

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

Authored by Mary

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

Authored by Mary

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...