Tackling loneliness

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.…

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Children: parental alienation and the role of Cafcass (England)

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.…

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Children: child arrangements orders – grandparents and court orders for contact with grandchildren (Great Britain)

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.…

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Children: child arrangements orders – when agreement cannot be reached on contact and residence (Great Britain)

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.…

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Four Seasons Health Care Group – financial difficulties and safeguards for clients

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.…

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