Letterbox contact: ‘Don’t my birth children have a right to know I’m dying?’

The nature of letterbox contact differs from one local authority to another, according to research by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory. Some only allow letters, others allow the exchange of photographs, small gifts, drawings, art or cards. In some cases correspondence is only allowed between adults, in others adopted children may be more directly involved.

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Covid: The countries that nailed it, and what we can learn from them

Unlike the UK, where London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast made all the major decisions, Germany, with its federal system, allowed each of its states to decide locally how to respond to the virus. The elderly have been among the largest casualties of the pandemic – and, particularly in Europe, those living in care homes.

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Covid: The inside story of the government’s battle against the virus

But for many of those I’ve spoken to, the game-changer was at the end of February, when the virus took hold in northern Italy – it was closer to home, and England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, had, one minister told me, warned that if it got out of China, it would become global, and […]

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Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?

By Michelle RobertsHealth editor, BBC News online image copyrightPA Media US health advisors now say people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can gather unmasked with others who have been vaccinated. They can also visit unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without masks or distancing so long as the unvaccinated people are not […]

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