Judge rules you don’t have to be a couple to have a surrogate baby

May 22, 2016 by

by Martin Beckford, Mailonline: Single parents will be allowed to bring up children born to surrogate mothers for the first time, after a High Court ruling critics described as an assault on traditional families. Until now, only couples have been able to become the legal parents of surrogate babies – as Ministers insisted it was important for children to be raised by two people in an ‘enduring relationship’. But Britain’s strict law on the matter is set to be scrapped, after a judge ruled that...

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Sweden’s Holy War on Children’s Books

May 21, 2016 by

By Judith Bergman, Gatestone Institute: In 1966, one of Sweden’s most popular children’s writers, Jan Lööf, published Grandpa is a Pirate, an illustrated children’s book, which featured, among other characters, the wicked pirate Omar and the street peddler, Abdullah. The book has been a bestseller ever since, and has been translated into English (as My Grandpa is a Pirate), Spanish, French and other languages. Ten years ago, 100,000 copies of it were even distributed to the...

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Scotland’s Education Minister told to rethink SNP state guardian plan on first full day in new job

May 20, 2016 by

By Simon Johnson, Telegraph: John Swinney has been urged on his first full day as Scotland’s Education Minister to start listening to the concerns of parents, teachers, health workers and police about the SNP’s plan to assign every child a state guardian. The Scottish Conservatives, Holyrood’s new main opposition party, said they would continue to lobby for the controversial Named Person scheme to be scrapped. But, with a majority of MSPs appearing to support it in principle, they argued that...

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Adoption law reform aims to speed up placements

May 19, 2016 by

By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News: A shake-up of adoption rules in England aims to move more children more quickly from the care system to family life. The Children and Social Work Bill, unveiled in the Queen’s Speech, aims to reduce delays in placing children with an adoptive family. The new law will also aim to improve social care standards across England. The Queen’s Speech also set out plans, through an Education for All Bill, to encourage – though not require – all...

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Some British Muslims refuse to let their children be part of British society. We should say so openly

May 17, 2016 by

Telegraph Editorial: Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, is generally an admirably plain-spoken man, willing to talk with refreshing candour about problems in the education system that others refuse to confront. Yet his letter revealing his inspectors’ findings about scores of unregistered schools operating in England is curiously circumspect, almost mealy-mouthed. Referring to the risk that children face “indoctrination”, Sir Michael does not explain exactly which harmful ideas could be...

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Children, Teenagers & Sex in Today’s Society

May 16, 2016 by

Conference: Sat, 21 May at 10:00, Plymouth. Rev Richard Bache & Dr Peter Bowen. The conference is aimed at Christian parents, youth workers & ministers, and seeks to give a considered Christian perspective on the ever-increasing sexualisation of youth culture.  It will also challenge the ethos behind some of the current trends and provide alternative approaches to sex education and lifestyle that are consistent with the counter-cultural Kingdom of God. The conference will include talks...

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