The Government’s Loneliness Strategy was published in October 2018. It set out a wide variety of cross-departmental measures that the Government would take to provide ‘national leadership’ to tackle loneliness in England. As well as explaining the Strategy and the steps taken so far by the Government, this briefing also looks at research into the causes and impact of loneliness and possible interventions. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on loneliness is also considered, alongside the measures introduced by the Government in response. Finally, this paper briefly outlines the situation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.…Read more
This House of Commons Library briefing paper is intended to inform constituents about the financial support available to help with childcare costs.…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on Children and Domestic Abuse has been scheduled for Tuesday 3 March 2020 from 4.30-5.30pm. The debate has been initiated by Liz Twist MP.…Read more
This House of Commons Library briefing considers how Cafcass deals with the issue of parental alienation when it arises, which can affect contact and residence cases before the courts. New Cafcass guidance was issued in October 2018 to help identify when parental alienation has occurred. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.…Read more
There will be an Opposition Day Debate on social care on Tuesday 25 February 2020. The Library has published a list of relevant briefing papers on social care.
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the safeguards available to courts when issues of domestic abuse arise in connection with family proceedings. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.…Read more
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the arrangements for grandparents applying for a child arrangements order for contact or residence with a grandchild. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.…Read more
This House of Commons briefing paper considers how contact and residence arrangements for children can be settled, for example following separation. If mediation is unsuccessful, then an application can be made for a child arrangements order although for some people the leave (i.e. permission of the court) is required to do so. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.…Read more
This House of Commons Library briefing note concerns parental responsibility as a legal concept as set out in the Children Act 1989 as amended. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.…Read more
This briefing provides information on the definition and identification of “children in need” as set out in the Children Act 1989, the assessment process, and the services available to children in need and their families in England. …Read more
On 16 January 2020, a Debate on the Address will be held in the House of Commons on Health and Social Care. …Read more
The Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019.
No date is yet available for second reading.…
Reforming social care funding has been an issue for successive governments. Sustainable changes to funding have been proposed but reforms have not followed.…Read more
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explores the latest developments concerning the financial state of the Four Seasons Health Care Group – the UK’s second largest care home provider – and (for England) the regulatory oversight of strategically important social care providers and the temporary duty of local authorities to meet people’s needs when such a provider suffers business failure. A link to the full pdf report can be found at the foot of this page.…Read more