A danger in labelling social issues is highlighted by this recent report. That said, unsurprisingly social media ‘could’ be responsible for rise in lonely children, Childlike warns | The Independent

A rising number of children are contacting Childline about feelings of isolation and loneliness, new figures show. Childline has revealed that the NSPCC-supported service has delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18.

A rising number of children are contacting Childline about feelings of isolation and loneliness, new figures show.

Childline has revealed that the NSPCC-supported service has delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18.

This is only second year loneliness data has been recorded – it used to go down as “low self-esteem” or “unhappiness” – and the figures highlight a 14 per cent rise on the year before, when it assisted 4,063 young people struggling with feelings of isolation.

— Read on www.independent.co.uk/life-style/lonely-children-uk-rise-childline-counselling-girls-teenagers-social-media-a8428166.html

Government announces scrapping of ‘disqualification by association’ in schools – Unlock – for people with convictions

“Today’s announcement to scrap the ‘disqualification by association’ rule from schools is long overdue but very welcomed. We’ve been calling for it to be scrapped for nearly 4 years because it did nothing to contribute towards safeguarding in schools. The arrangements were disproportionate, unfair and ineffective.”

— Read on www.unlock.org.uk/unlock-comment-dba-2018/

Some courts are trialling a new online service to apply about child arrangements. The court areas currently taking part are: Bristol, Grimsby, Guildford, Hull, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading, Slough and Watford.

To be able to try this service, the child or children must live within one of these court areas (you’ll be able to check this on the next page).

You’ll also need to meet the following criteria:

• you are a parent of the child or children

• you and the other person (the respondent) are both over 18

• you do not have a solicitor representing you

• you do not have a signed draft court order you want the court to consider making legally binding

— Read on apply-to-court-about-child-arrangements.dsd.io/

Growing number of children at risk of multiple dangers, major UK charity warns | Children & Young People Now

Read Growing number of children at risk of multiple dangers, charity warns and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005482/growing-number-of-children-at-risk-of-multiple-dangers-charity-warns

Assisted suicide – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary | R (on the application of Conway) -v- The Secretary of State for Justice and Ors

Mr Conway is a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease (“MND”) in November 2014. By the time of the hearing before the Court of Appeal his condition had deteriorated to the extent that he required non-invasive ventilation (“NIV”) for approximately 23 hours each day. Mr Conway has to use a wheelchair and requires ever increasing levels of assistance with daily life, eating and bodily functions.

When Mr Conway has a prognosis of six months or less to live, he wishes to have the option of taking action to end his life peacefully and with dignity, accomplished with the assistance of the medical profession, at a time of his choosing, whilst remaining in control of such final act as may be required to bring about his death.

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
— Read on www.judiciary.uk/judgments/r-on-the-application-of-conway-v-the-secretary-of-state-for-justice-and-ors/

Non-Judicial Member for the Sentencing Council for England and Wales (Senior Serving Police Officer) – Centre for Public Appointments

Non-Judicial Member for the Sentencing Council for England and Wales (Senior Serving Police Officer) – Centre for Public Appointments
— Read on publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/non-judicial-member-for-the-sentencing-council-for-england-and-wales-senior-serving-police-officer/

Special Educational Needs. What is a local offer?

What is a Local Offer?

In response to concerns from parents and others that they find it hard to access information about what support is available, the Children and Families Act 2014 requires every local authority in England to publish a ‘Local Offer’.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice 2014 (“the Code of Practice”) states that “Local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN [Special Educational Needs] or are disabled, including those who do not have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.”

Holiday pay

Without intending to teach anyone to suck eggs, thought this might be helpful for anyone in England or Wales, operating an April – March holiday year, as 2018/19 might need action from you

As you know, all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks minimum paid annual leave. For an employee working a five-day week, this = 28 days’ holiday. Contractually, we usually state either 20 days plus bank holiday or 28 days including bank holidays

(If you already give more to employees (for example 25 days plus bank holidays) you don’t need to do anything)

In 2018 Easter is split between March and April; Good Friday is on 30 Mar and Easter Monday on 2 Apr. If you have a holiday year running 1 Apr 2018 – 31 Mar 2019 this means you will not have a Good Friday BH because it falls in the 2017/18 holiday year

So, staff with a holiday entitlement of ‘20 days’ plus bank holidays’ will only be CONTRACTUALLY entitled to 27 days’ holiday in 2018/19—crucially, this is of course one day short of the legal minimum

If this is you, what do you need to do? As a minimum, you MUST give 5.6 weeks’ holiday. To avoid breaching your employee’s rights, you must top up your staff holiday entitlement for the 2018/2019 holiday year

And what about the 2017/18 holiday year? For the same reasons, folk with Apr-Mar holiday years might receive an extra day’s holiday in March 2018, giving 9 bank holidays in total for this holiday year – but it hangs on what your contracts say.

Option 1: Where your contract states the employee is entitled to ‘20 days’ plus eight bank holidays’ and LISTS the specific eight bank holidays, there will be no right to take the second Good Friday bank holiday

Option 2: Where your contract states ‘20 days’ plus bank holidays’ but doesn’t list or give a number to the bank holidays, your employees will be entitled to 29 days’ holiday in the 2017/18 holiday year

Option 3: Where your contract has an absolute contractual holiday cap of 28 days, holiday will be unaffected

Pair were shadow directors but didn’t breach duties, says court

LEGAL UPDATE: Two men were shadow directors of an insolvent property development company and so did owe the company fiduciary duties but their behaviour did not breach those duties, the High Court in England has ruled.

“The judge said that it was clear that de facto directors had the same duties as regular directors and that the extent of shadow directors’ fiduciary duties will depend on the circumstances of each case.”

— Read on www.out-law.com/en/articles/2018/may/shadow-directors-restructuring-duties-unbreached/

A termination payment made to an employee for ‘injury to feelings’ following age discrimination related to his dismissal is not taxable, the Court of Appeal has said in a ruling which overturns a decision by the Upper Tribunal.04 May 2018

That said, this is not yet a victory for employees and employers, in the current economic climate HMRC is likely to appeal.

Tough reading, a persoective: “Britain: The Empire that Never Was”

“Why Brexit is the culmination of a British national project which weaponises imperial amnesia and nostalgia. Brexit sold the country a dream; ostensibly a project built on anti-migrant sentiment, it also invoked delusions of grandeur, rooted in reanimating the glorious days of imperial rule and global British”

You can see where this is coming from, but read on: