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New report drills down into failings of family justice system

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...

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How to improve the behaviour of your dog

Authored by Mike Page

A dog is more than just a pet – it’s a member of the family, and boy, do dogs know it. Dogs are social animals and are happiest when they have plenty of company and mental stimulation. Most dogs are exceptionally bright, and if they lack mental stimulation will find ways to make their own entertainment. Without training and a proper outlet for their energy, they can show signs of anxiety,...

Some of the Best Birthday Party Ideas for Your Child’s Special Day

Authored by Sarah Parker

Your child’s birthday party is a big deal, and it should be a day filled with fun and excitement and a lot of unique adventures. Of course, you can always go the usual route and hire the services of a clown or a magician and serve the children with a variety of popular snacks. But if you would like something a bit more out of the ordinary and would like to give your child a more memorable...

Could you be a foster carer?

Authored by Mary

Could you provide a loving home for someone who needs fostering?

Councils across Devon are working together on a mission to find people with time, energy, motivation and a spare bedroom who are able to care for some of Devon’s most vulnerable children and young people as part of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign (13 -26 May).

Foster Care Fortnight is a national...

Inquiry into abusive parents’ access to children

Authored by Sue Cade

Norman Hartnell responds to news of a call for inquiry into access to children for abusive parents.

"The focus on the protection of victims of domestic violence is very welcome.

However, it will come as no surprise to hear that there are already detailed procedures in place to deal with such matters. These are the Family Procedure Rules 2010 PD 12 J that were recently...

Thousands of mums celebrate the 2019 Big Breastfeeding Café

Authored by Mary

National initiative returned for its 4thyear, as new survey confirms the best breastfeeding support comes from fellow breastfeeders

Thousands of mums took part in The Big Breastfeeding Café this week. The nationwide campaign, led by breastfeeding brand Medela,connected families via a network of mini events on 1stMay.

Now in its 4th year, the 2019 celebration followed a recent...

Devon families join national campaign to support breastfeeding mums

Authored by Mary

On Wednesday 1st May thousands of mums will take part in The Big Breastfeeding Café and mums in Devon will be joining the fun.

Now in its 4th year, the nationwide initiativeled by breastfeeding brand Medela,will connect thousands of Mums via a network of mini events taking place on the same day across the UK, with 10 cafes in the region including, Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay, Paignton,...

Dive into the Easter at the National Marine Aquarium

Authored by Mary

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth will be the only aquarium in the UK to allow its visitors to talk to the divers in its tanks, as part of a brand new interactive Dive Show during the Easter holidays. The new technology will see the divers communicate with each other, as well as the audience for a fully interactive experience.

Throughout the Easter holidays (6-23 April),...

Vets offer advice to keep pets warm during the cold snap

Authored by Mary

If it’s cold for you, it’s cold for your pet – that’s the key message from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) as it urges pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure their dogs, cats and other small pets are kept safe from hidden and potentially fatal hazards as temperatures plunge around the UK.

As with humans, pets can fall ill upon exposure to extremely cold temperatures...

Mums forced in to debt after arguments over child support

Authored by News Desk

New research has revealed that when parents split up, mums often find themselves struggling to cover their basic living costs, with 39 per cent taking out loans or relying on their overdrafts to make ends meet.

A staggering quarter of mums said they don’t receive any regular financial help from their child’s father, leaving them to cover the cost of raising their child by themselves...

Pig killers, a bucket and the family: life in rural Devon

Authored by simontavi

What was it actually like to grow up and work in rural West Devon during the 20th century?

Almost beyond imagination - but you can find out for yourself in a new book 'Farming and Rural Life' (£3 recommended donation or £4 posted) published by The Life Stories Project - part of Tavistock Area Support Services (TASS) a registered charity (