There have been a couple of stories in the news recently around children’s welfare.


Changes to the Divorce laws

it has been announced that divorce laws are changing, to remove the necessity to ‘blame’ one party of the other, inorder to obtain a divorce more quickly.

At present, to start divorce proceedings immediately, one party must allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour.  The alternative is to wait two years for a ‘no fault’ divorce if both parties agree to it, or five years, if one party objects.  In future, there will be a minimum six-month term, but there will be no need to prove ‘fault’, only that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.

It is hoped that changes will help protect any children in the relationships from any damage caused by their parents arguing, as well as helping people to escape from abusive partners, who might otherwise refuse them a divorce.

For more, see the BBC website.


Age checks to be introduced for porn

Age checks will be introduced in July, to help prevent under 18s from viewing pornography online. Websites will have to verify the age of viewers before releasing the material, and will be blocked by ISPs if they fail to comply.

For more information, see the BBC.


Protecting children on social media

Under a new code released by the Information Commissioner, Under 18s are due to face limits on how they use platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat, to help prevent them from ‘oversharing’ personal data. It is proposed that there will be limits to the amount of ‘likes’, for example.

Other measures include making certain things the default option – eg High level privacy settings and location tracking switched to ‘off’.

For more information, see the BBC.