Landmark review places family ties at the heart of prison reform

Ministry of Justice welcomes Lord Farmer’s recommendations to strengthen family ties to help offenders turn their lives around and protect public safety. New study by Lord Michael Farmer calls family relationships “the golden thread” to help reduce reoffending. Research shows prisoners who receive visits from a family member are 39 per cent less likely to reoffend. … Read more

Together for Adoption is coming

A new way of helping people who want to adopt is coming. Together for Adoption is the new service which will offer children and families in the region the support and guidance they need throughout the adoption journey. It brings together the adoption services for five local authorities – Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and … Read more

Families join Captain Tuck for healthy park events

Families gathered earlier this week in Newton-le-Willows’ Mesnes Park for the first of a series of summer fun days, happening throughout August in parks around the borough. Organised by St Helens Council’s Healthy Living Team, the events are hosted by its lion mascot Captain Tuck, who encourages families to eat and snack healthily, and keep … Read more

Feeding Youngsters for the Summer

Sefton has launched an initiative which aims to serve thousands of free hot meals during the summer holidays – supporting families that might otherwise struggle to provide their children with a nutritious meal. Eight children’s centres and a primary school in the borough will offer the service to their most vulnerable families, who would normally receive a … Read more

Children living in workless households falls across Great Britain

Official figures released today show the proportion of children living in a household with no working adults has fallen in every region of Great Britain since 2010. The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), also show: around 9 in 10 children live in households with at least one working adult the number of … Read more

Families dependent on fathers’ earnings alone have average incomes no higher than 15 years ago

Over the last 20 years, growth in the earnings of working fathers has been extremely slow, at 0.3% a year on average, while mothers’ earnings have grown by more than 2% a year. As a result, it has become increasingly difficult for families where only the father is working to keep up with other families. … Read more