Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill introduced today

Employed parents who have lost a child will for the first time get statutory paid leave to grieve under a proposed new law announced today. Bill delivers on government’s promise to ensure ‘bereavement support’ for employees Kevin Hollinrake MP, introduces government-supported Bill in Parliament today For the first time, parents who are employed and have suffered … Read more

Information evening for potential foster carers

With around 20 Lancashire children needing homes each week, Lancashire County Council is recruiting new foster carers. The county council has recently increased the allowances payable to new foster carers so now they can expect to receive between £241 and £415 per week for each child they care for. People who have considered fostering before … Read more

Council makes first use of new powers to evict tenant convicted of child porn offences

A Skelmersdale man has been evicted from his West Lancashire Borough Council flat after he was convicted of child porn offences. Wigan County Court heard that Joseph Riley, aged 73, formerly of Beechwood Court, Birkrig, Digmoor, Skelmersdale, was convicted of four counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children and one count of … Read more

Give your child the best Start4Life

Warrington Borough Council is backing a new campaign to improve breastfeeding rates. Start4Life, a Public Health England (PHE) programme that helps parents-to-be and parents to adopt healthy behaviours has launched a new interactive BreastFeeding Friend (BFF) ChatBot nationally and the council are encouraging Warrington parents to use it. The BFF is accessed through Facebook messenger … Read more

New crackdown on child groomers comes into force

New offence of sexual communication with a child introduced today (3 April 2017). New offence of sexual communication with a child introduced today (3 April 2017) Groomers face up to two years in prison and will be automatically placed on the sex offenders register NSPCC commends Justice Secretary for doing “the right thing” Groomers who … Read more

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 2017

Merseyside Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and our key partners are taking part in a day of action as part of National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day tomorrow, Saturday 18 March. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of CSE and gather information by working alongside colleagues … Read more