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New free parenting guide offered to separating families in the South West

The Family Law Company is offering the new guide for free to local families who are divorcing or separating. The ‘Parenting Through Separation Guide’ is written by family professionals and advises parents of how to put their children first during a separation.

It is being launched during ‘Good Divorce Week’ which runs from 29 Nov - 3 Dec. The campaign is organised annually by...

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Two in three teachers in the South West don’t know how to teach a deaf child

Two in three teachers in the South West don’t know how to teach a deaf child
  • 67% of teachers aren’t confident they can teach deaf children effectively.
  • A third aren’t receiving crucial support from specialist staff.
  • Deaf children in the region already achieve an entire grade less at GCSE, even though deafness isn’t a learning disability.
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VOTING NOW OPEN TO BOOST FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN’S CHANCE OF WINNING SHARE OF HOUSEBUILDER’S £1MILLION CHARITY GIVEAWAY

Families for Children is a local charity and voluntary adoption agency, who support vulnerable children touched by the care system, many of whom have waited the longest in care and have suffered early life trauma, such as abuse and/or neglect. The charity is delighted to be in the running to win a share of a £1million Persimmon Homes Building Futures fund aimed at supporting under-18s across...

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Let’s talk about adoption

A new survey has revealed that a third of people in the South West find adoption difficult to talk about and 80 per cent say they don’t have a good understanding of how to start the process.

It’s worrying news for our local adoption agencies, Adopt South West and Families for Children, who need to find forever families to change their lives of nearly 60 children in the South West, as they...

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Don’t forget dads whose babies are in neonatal care across the South West

Becoming a parent and welcoming a baby into the world should be one of the happiest moments in life. But for parents whose babies start life in neonatal care, those positive feelings of optimism and joy can quickly be replaced by doubt, worry and fear.

Having a baby in neonatal care is emotionally challenging for all parents, but for parents whose babies have been born since the...

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COVID’s Lost Generation: 317,000 Children Face Physical and Mental Health Challenges as a Result of Cuts to Grassroots Clubs

New analysis into the impact of COVID-19 on young people has found that 317,000 children in the South West are not currently getting their recommended 60 minutes of exercise per day. This amounts to an incredible 45 percent of all children in the region.

The pandemic has had a significant impact on this number, with fewer children meeting their recommended 60 minutes of daily...

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SOUTH WEST PARENTS WANT CHILDREN PLAYING OUTSIDE THIS SUMMER, NEW RESEARCH REVEALS

  • New research by the NSPCC reveals parents in the South West think play has become more important for children because of the pandemic. Over half have also said their children have been more lonely
  • The NSPCC announces a new partnership with Sky’s volunteering programme Sky Cares as the business gets behind the charity’s Childhood Day on the 11thJune
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A THIRD OF CHILDREN NOW LIVING IN POVERTY IN SOME PARTS OF THE SOUTH WEST

The End Child Poverty coalition has today published figures providing a new Child Poverty map of the UK. The new figures estimate that there are now parts of the South West where a third of children are growing up in poverty - compared to one in seven, in areas in the country with the lowest child poverty rates.

Although child poverty in the South West is not as high as other areas...

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GROUNDBREAKING NEW APP TO OFFER FREE 24/7 THERAPY TO YOUNG PEOPLE

THE HIDDEN STRENGTH APP WILL HELP THE 43% OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH WEST CURRENTLY STRUGGLING WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH

  • In the South West 43% of young people are suffering from something that affects their mental health
  • Young people in the South West are more likely than any other region in the country to take up therapy if it didn’t cost money to access, with
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