If your child has suffered a birth injury, for example brain damage due to being deprived of oxygen immediate before, during or after their birth, it is understandable to want to assign blame. However, establishing whether the injury to your child was the result of medical negligence can also be essential if you intend to claim compensation.
It is important to understand that even if medical staff did make a mistake, this does not necessarily mean that they were negligent. If you are considering claiming birth injury compensation, it is therefore important to understand what qualifies as medical negligence and what evidence you need to prove this.
What counts as medical negligence?
To prove that a medical mistake amounts to negligence you will generally need to show that:
· The treatment you and/or your child received during the birth fell below medically acceptable standards
· This substandard treatment directly lead to your child’s injury
These can be difficult to establish and you will generally need to rely on a variety of evidence and expert testimony to establish that these conditions have been met.
How do you prove medical negligence?
There are usually four main types of evidence that will be used when attempting to establish the medical negligence occurred during the birth of your child:
· Your and your child’s medical records
· Your testimony about what happened during the birth
· Witness testimony from others who were present at the birth or at key points
· Expert testimony from independent medical professionals
Medical records and witness testimony will be essential to establish what happened and whether the treatment you and your child received fell below medically acceptable standards. Testimony from independent medical experts can also help establish whether acceptable standards where breached, as well as being key to demonstrating that the negligent treatment directly resulted in your child’s injury.
While proving negligence is rarely clear-cut, by pulling together all these types of evidence and any other relevant information, your prospects of a successful claim are significantly improved.
Get the right legal support for your claim
If you believe your child suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence, it is strongly recommended to work with specialist birth injury solicitors to give you the best chance of a successful claim. They will have the expertise and experience to advise you on the strength of your claim and guide you through the entire process, including proving that negligence occurred.
Many medical negligence solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you do not have to worry about paying legal costs to your solicitor.
Making a medical negligence claim for a birth injury can be a complex process that can take years to resolve (because the consequences of a birth injury will not become apparent for some while), but with the right support you will be best placed to achieve the best possible outcome for your child.
There’s no denying that kids love dens, and if you can combine some creative activities with spending quality time in the garden, then that’s a huge bonus. There are some really fun ways in which you can create a den in the garden, without even having to spend a fortune in the process. You never know what the weather is going to be like either, so you want something you can take down just as quickly as you created it. Looking for some inspiration to help you with your den creation? Continue reading for some useful tips to help you get started.
Using the string, tie one end around one tree, and the other end to the next tree, creating a tripwire. This should be positioned quite high between the trees as this will be the roof area of the den. Once the string is securely in place you can drape the tarpaulin sheet over the string to create the first part of the den. You then need to get some pegs and peg the top of the tarpaulin sheet to the string to ensure it doesn’t blow away or fall off.
Once your tarpaulin sheet is in position and the roof area is secure, you need to take each corner of the tarpaulin sheet (one at a time) and pierce the corner with a tent peg. Push the tent peg into the ground where you want the tarpaulin sheet to be positioned and after doing this to all corners, you’ll see your den starting to take shape. Remember to make sure all tent pegs are safely in the ground and not poking up out of the grass causing any potential hazards.
Now that your tarpaulin sheet is in place, you can focus on creating the doorway. If you’re happy to cut the sheet, then cutting a straight line up one side of the den will create a door space for you to use to enter and leave the den. To keep this area closed and hide the interiors of the den from the outside world, you can attach some more string to both sides to draw together when you want the doors to be closed.
With your den now in place, you need to work on making the inside a little cosier and comfortable. Go to your local wood merchants and find some quality wooden planks to use for the flooring. This will help to keep you clean and prevent any grass or mud from getting into the den. Once you’ve positioned your wooden planks for the flooring in place, you can start to add some blankets, pillows and other essential items to make the area a little more exciting. You could even grab some favourite books or magazines to put inside the den and read when having some quiet time!
With the number of working parents growing, it’s becoming increasingly crucial for employers to provide better conditions to help with childcare.
We all know that the cost of paying a professional to look after your child is often very high and the task of finding the best one is sometimes difficult, stressful and time-consuming. So, what are the alternatives? As a working dad who has to pay childcare for two children, I have researched the idea of workplace creches and how they could benefit both company and employee.
Companies with on-site creches for staff
Providing workplace childcare facilities is not a novel idea. During past post-war periods in the UK, many mothers needed to work, which meant that companies and factories had to provide creches for workers’ children. However, according to Dr. Laura Paterson of Oxford University, childcare provisions reduced in the late 1950s as the necessity for female workers shrank and the option of part-time and flexible working hours became more widespread.
So, what is the current situation? Although only 5% of UK companies offer on-site childcare — according to research carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development — there are several success stories.
One of the most effective examples of workplace childcare is Goldman Sachs — which launched London’s first on-site creche in 2003. Since then, Goldman Sachs has rolled out this facility in its Tokyo and New York offices, and allows parents of kids between the ages of 3 months and 12 years to use it. IT company, CA Technologies, currently offers an on-site creche for its staff members (at a discounted price), as does some offices of the global firm, Prudential Financial, and Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant sorting office. Workplace childcare was also trialed by taxi firm, Addison Lee, in 2012, which saw a boost in staff retention; while many government departments also offer their employees on-site nurseries.
However, perhaps due to costs and space, many smaller companies — and those outside of major cities — don’t offer on-site workplace childcare facilities yet.
Advantages of offering creches in the workplace
According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), 57.6% of households had every household member aged 16 years and over in employment. Although a positive figure for the UK’s employment rate, this shows that a large number of people are facing potential childcare issues, which could be alleviated by the implementation of workplace creches.
Offering a safe and secure place where working parents can leave their children nearby during the day is a great way to take away stress, which in turn, should improve productivity and staff morale. If a company offers on-site childcare, it shows that it values its employees enough to offer an alternative childcare opportunity that makes life easier for its working parents. This creates a positive relationship between the employer and employee, and engenders a sense of loyalty that is invaluable for worker and company alike.
Better recruitment and retention rates
Poaching staff in competitive commercial industries is a job in itself, so imagine how much easier attracting high-quality workers would be if a company offered on-site childcare. Providing a workplace creche is a great benefit and incentive for a working parent. The prospect of working at a company that values home life and cares about personal needs could be the clincher when it comes to a prospective employee choosing one job offer over another. Plus, having the safety net of an on-site creche is a great reason to stay at a company, which will improve staff retention and reduce the cost and resources it takes to employ and train new staff.
Decreased levels of absenteeism and lateness
What’s more, offering on-site childcare will potentially reduce lateness and decrease time taken off to deal with childcare related problems or after having a baby. Why is this so important? The more absent days a company has, the greater the negative impact on revenue. According to a report by Oxford Economics, replacing a staff member can incur a cost of around £30,000 per employee due to lost output while a new worker gets to grips with the job and the logistical cost of recruiting someone new. With a growing number of working parents, it’s vital that businesses: help parents return to work quicker after maternity/paternity leave, reduce days they must take off to deal with childcare problems, and prevent employees from leaving for a more flexible job elsewhere. Also, if a staff member has to take time out of work to care for a child, this puts additional strain on the rest of the workforce, which could result in overall reduced productivity.
For many working parents, leaving a child for a full working day is a difficult experience. Workplace childcare facilities will work to lessen parent-child separation anxiety, thereby improving their mood and helping with concentration at work.
Also, considering that workplace nurseries are exempt for PAYE tax and National Insurance, there are clearly many fiscal and personal reasons to consider workplace creches.
Barriers for companies looking to implement workplace creches
Despite the advantages of workplace creches, most companies don’t have them. This is potentially due to the obstacles a business must overcome to set up this staff perk.
Ofstead accreditation for an on-site creche often takes over three months and carries a price tag of hundreds of pounds. Additionally, businesses must then endure multiple inspections throughout the year and pay for an architect or designer to create a child-friendly environment — and there aren’t many who specialise in designing childcare facilities in the first place.
With a nationwide shortage of trained childcare professionals (according to Save the Children) to add to the difficulty of implementing workplace childcare, it’s unsurprising that many companies are unable to offer it.
Alternatives to workplace creches
Overall, some companies might be apprehensive when it comes to starting an in-office creche due to the fear that it might be a disruption to the workplace. So, what are the other options to help working parents?
Companies could offer to sponsor a local daycare centre that its staff can then use to look after their children during the day. This will be less costly than building one in an office, but still shows that the company cares about the personal needs of its staff.
If it has the funds or if it joins with other companies that wish to offer its staff childcare, perhaps an employer could even start-up a childcare centre away from the workplace? This is an excellent idea if the main issue is space or safety.
Alternatively, companies can allow staff to work from home on certain days or offer to find last-minute childcare for any employee whose childcare plans have fallen through unexpectedly.
What if there’s a problem in the childcare facility that causes friction between employees? Will this facility simply be a distraction to working parents? Businesses must research the issue thoroughly and ask its staff directly how they feel about the idea in order to make sure implementing this facility is cost-effective, worthwhile and right for the type of business.
This article was researched and created in partnership with Babythingz, a leading UK supplier of cosytoes and footmuffs for prams, buggies and pushchairs.
When kids are asked about the subject that they dislike the most, more often than not, the answer is, “Math!” It really doesn’t have to be that way. Kids tend to get bored quickly but they can really come to love math if it can be made fun for them. To introduce young learners to any math topic and keep them focused on the lesson, why not let them play bingo as a learning tool?
Bingo is a game that historically has been perfect to teach math to students at every grade level. Whether they are just learning addition and subtraction, or multiplication and division or even more complex concepts such as fractions, geometry and algebra, bingo has long been a fun and easy way to get kids to learn. Teaching ToolsIt’s possible to play bingo or find math bingo cards on a number of educational websites online. For younger students, ABCya Math Bingo offers math bingo at several grade levels and difficulties for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As the math subjects get more complex over time and throughout their education, bingo games can also be adjusted to meet their needs. A site which specialises in math bingo, Learn With Math Games, offers bingo game cards that can be used for a number of games for classes of as many as 20 students.
Teachers can get the tools that they need for their students by going to Learn with Math to download or print the cards. How to Play
You will need approximately 20 cards to start. Create a bingo card for each student player. These can be made ahead of time along with a key that has the answers to the equations you come up with on your own. The bingo cards can be created for the appropriate grade level. If you are making your own cards, be sure to keep the cards sufficiently random so that the play is fair among the students in the class.
At the beginning of the class period, give each student a bingo card and approximately twenty bingo tokens to cover up the correct answers that appear on their cards. You can also have students divide up in teams and work together to solve the math problems. If calculators, scratch paper or pencils are needed, be sure to have enough for each student or team. Be sure to allow enough time for students to work out the answers. You may use scraps of paper, beans, pennies or other similar items as bingo tokens.
Make up a set of math problems for the students as well as an answer key. The correct answer to the equations will be on the cards, while the problem is called out or written on the board. All students in class work on the problems. However, there is only one right answer. If a player doesn’t have the correct answer on their card for that problem, they don’t get to place a marker for that problem.
The game continues until a one student or a team is able to get five answers on their cards in a line that either goes vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The first person or team who gets a bingo is the winner. Answers should be checked to make sure that the marked answers correspond with what was called out.
It is possible to have multiple winners if you keep going even after the first bingo is called. In the case of blackout bingo, the first person or team with all of the squares on their card covered by tokens is the winner.
The difficulty of the math problems can be adjusted for various grade levels as their math aptitude increases. For those students who have difficulty with math, by pairing those students that do better in the subject, you can encourage both cooperation and better math comprehension.
Bingo is one of the best math teaching games available and both parents and teachers have seen how well students respond to learning math when it’s made into a fun game.
Now that those cold winter months are slowly fading away, we can look forward to the spring bringing some sunshine and blue skies, and of course some great camping trips. Camping is such an amazing thing to do, creating some fabulous memories and enjoying the great outdoors, as well as giving you some quality time to relax. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro camper who goes every year, or if it’s your first time, as long as you have the right equipment you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Especially when you have young kids
Start with Campsites
The first step of your camping trip should be you taking some time to do a little research. You want to ensure you’re going to the right location to suit your camping needs. For example, camping with children may mean you’re looking for a location with lots of activities and things to do in order to keep the little ones entertained, whereas a couples camping trip may require lots of long walks and nice pubs to visit for some food and a drink. Once you’ve carried out some research you can select the perfect campsite for your trip and start to plan your activities.
If you haven’t been camping in a few months or maybe even a year, then you may need to check your tent to ensure you still have all of the essential items. There is nothing worse than arriving at your campsite, ready to put the tent up and realising you’re 4 pegs short or missing the groundsheet. Check that your tent bag has all tent pegs, including a few spares, groundsheet or tarpaulin, hammer or mallet, repair kit. If you forget any of these items, then you may find yourself caught out during the trip and you’ll struggle to find an alternative quickly.
Many people find that they actually sleep better when camping. Whether it’s the fresh air and relaxing elements of nature, or they’re exhausted from a weekend full of walking, there’s certainly something that makes sleeping in a tent calming and relaxing. There are certain items that you need in order to get a good night’s sleep though, including a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillows (as many as you need to feel comfortable), blankets and cosy pyjamas. If you forget to pack any of these items then you may find yourself struggling to get a proper sleep due to being cold, uncomfortable or simply just unsettled.
Health and Safety Bits
Camping is a great activity, especially if you have all of the family together to create some memories that will last a lifetime. It’s important to be prepared, however, for any accidents or issues that could occur during your camping trip. With lots of walking, outdoor pursuits and new places, you may find that issues such as allergies, colds or even hay fever may occur after being in the open air for a few hours, so it’s always beneficial to pack some hay fever tablets and other essential tablets to help prevent this from happening. In the unfortunate event of something bad happening, such as a grazed knee, bumped head or sprained ankle, you need to ensure you have all the necessary equipment to help. Pack the essentials including a first aid kit, personal medication (if anyone requires any), sun cream, toilet roll and insect repellent. All of these items will help prevent any issues from occurring, whilst also helping if anything were to happen.
So it has now been a week since I set out on my mission to #GetStuffDone with Virgin Trains East Coast. If you read last Monday’s post you will know all about my desire to complete some tasks that have been sitting on the bottom of my to-do-list since before Christmas.
I confess before I move on that it has been a struggle to get as much ticked-off my to do list, as both the boys were ill, I was ill, i had two days off work; one to spend the day with the wife at the cinema and the other to play golf. So between my lack of sleep, social life and a 9-5 job, this is what I managed to tackle this week:
Booking train tickets for a city break
Since our Wedding in August we haven’t been away,Partly because I was ill for three months, but also because we have been busy, naturally having two kids does that to you right?
At first we initially thought we wanted to attempt a short break to a city we have never visited before, however we quickly learned that we still had so much to do and see in London. Like the London Eye, London Bridge, Camden Mark, the Palace, The Lion King Show and a shed load of museums! Plus we had never taken the two year old to London overnight.. bad parents.
So after some deliberation we decided to do our research and shop for cheap trains tickets on virgintrainseastcoast.com. We played around with a couple of dates and times, which was easy to do just to get the cheapest deal, I think we got a bargain:
I also didn’t know that you can have the tickets delivered to your home, so you don’t have to visit the station on the day or beforehand to pick them up. It only cost and extra £1.
Sorting through the toy box
With my four year old having his Birthday in December and Christmas just passing, it seems that we have amassed a ridiculous amount of unwanted and unloved toys. It was my mission to clear out the clutter to free up some space and give the unwanted toys to our local charity shops.
The boys helps as you can see, they didn’t really mind having a good clear out:
It is time to sort through the toy boxes 😣
We will be binning the rubbish and broken toys, but giving the unloved ones to our local charity shop.
Every couple of months I have to get the marigolds out to give the main drain a good cleaning and I haven’t done it in such a long time! Not to be too graphic but that drain can get blocked, so pulling out the rods and the hose-pipe is a crap job that needed doing. I definitely get brownie points for getting it off my to do list on a wet and snowy day:
Cleaning-out the drains has to be one of the worst tasks on anyone’s to-do-list right?
I have let my sock-draw get out of hand,In my defence I do get socks for every holiday and birthday! It has been years since I had a good sort-out and the results showed that my lack of tidiness, resulted a lot of unmatched socks:
Sorting out the sock draw and I have found 25 odd socks!!!
It is likely that I will ever find the time in one week to get everything on my to do list done, but I think that given a couple of weeks in time I can tick-off the following tasks:
1. Cleaning and tidying the shed
2. Sorting out paper work
3. Arranging to donate blood
4. Tidying and washing the car
5. Defrost the freezer
So, that’s how I worked through my to do list this week folks. If I can offer any advice it would be to get your little ones involved as much as possible and block-out time in your diary for when you need to get tasks done. We use the FamCal app to keep track of our daily appointments, birthdays and events.
There may well come a time when you need to move house to a bigger home, to be closer to a better school, or maybe for a new job; there are many possible reasons to relocate, but no matter much you might want to move, it is still an immensely stressful undertaking. I should know, i have done it twice already and i have even written about this subject before on the Huffington Post back in 2015.
Thankfully there are some actions i recommend you can take to reduce the stress levels and keep everyone reasonably sane.
Once you have a moving date set, make a planof all the actions you need to take and preparation that needs completing. Make sure the whole family gets stuck in helping with the preparatory tasks, and encourage the kids to feel motivated by getting them to start planning their new bedrooms. Make sure you list all the key dates in the process and that everyone knows what they are responsible for.
People tend to accumulate hordes of possessions over the years, so if you don’t use it or need it, get rid of it. Sell, donate, recycle where possible but be ruthless about keeping your old junk. It will involve time and expense to pack, move, unpack and sort at the other end, which you can avoid if you have a good clear out.
Consider what you have in your house or garden that you don’t need but don’t want to get rid of. Anything that is not essential to your day to day life can be boxed up and stored while you move. You can then concentrate on getting your new home sorted and ready to live in without scores of boxes full of things you don’t need, cluttering up your new home. Take as many of your belongings as you can to a secure self storage facility, such as the units at Morespace Storage, then you can tackle the unpacking when it’s more convenient.
The big question will be whether you hire a van and move everything yourself, or get a specialist removal firm in to do it for you. The decision could well come down to finance. After all, removal firms can be pricey, but they will save an enormous amount of work and stress, even packing for you if you want them to. Moving under your own steam can be a lot of fun if you get friends and family involved to ease the load. It’s worth considering moving the smaller items yourself and getting a relatively low-cost man and van service to take bulkier items or the contents of sheds and garages. The key is to get as much help as you can.
There’s no avoiding an element of stress when it comes to moving to a new house, but with a degree of planning, you should be able to minimise the effects. Keep in mind the outcomes resulting from all your efforts, for example, how great it will be for the kids to have their own rooms, or a bigger garden to play in. Take some time to plan and make a realistic timetable, and your move should go more smoothly.
Did you know that 72 per cent of people in Leeds still have tasks on their to-do lists from 2017? With some tasks languishing on their to-do lists for 180-plus days, according to Virgin Trains East Coast.
As a father of two young boys I can understand why, as it often feels like i have hardly any time to get the essential day to day tasks done, let alone anything on my to do list. Even if i did have the free time to tick everything off my list, i probably wouldn’t have the energy or enthusiasm to achieve anything other than sitting down and relaxing in front of the TV right!
So to get myself in gear this week I’ll be working with VirginTrains on the East Coast to power through my to-do list and #GetStuffDone. I have challenged myself to complete one task off my to do list each day for week, starting today!
Here is my to do list
Cleaning out the drains
Booking train tickets for a short getaway
Tidying out the sock draws
Cleaning and tidying the shed
Booking eye tests for the boys and me
Sorting through the toy boxes
Sorting out paper work
Arranging to donate blood
Tidying and washing the car
Defrost the freezer
I bet many of you can relate to having some of the above jobs hanging over your head for a considerable amount of time. I know I have been meaning to defrost the freezer, tidy out the sock draw and book booking a weekend away. Booking train tickets through Virgin Trains on the East Coast in advance can save you money and get perks like. free Wi-Fi, extra legroom and plug points!
With the #GetStuffDone challenge in mind, I have compiled a round-up of some of the best advice for any parents looking to get through any long standing tasks in the near future.
How to nail you’re to do list as a parent
I am not being dramatic when I say it can be impossible to do anything with my two. One way the experts say to get those big jobs done is to do them as and when you can. For the jobs that can be done in parts this can be a particularly useful trick.
The oldest trick in the book! If you need to get something done then it is well worth considering keeping your little ones busy whilst you crack-on. So bring out the i-pad, open up a bag of popcorn and pull-out all of the toys to give yourself at least thirty minutes of time.
If your children are old enough to follow basic instructions, then they say your children could potentially help you make your way through your to do list. I think it is a great idea in theory, however if like me your little ones argue over the littlest of things, then it might be more trouble than its worth. For the more basic tasks like defrosting the freezing I will more than likely ask the kids to help me take everything out of the freezer, I am sure they can do that without fighting or arguing ..right?
Friends, family and neighbours!
You know what the easy thing to do would be right? Getting rid of your little ones to a friends or family member! Having just half an hour can you enough time to sort through the sock-draw or booking a short get away for you and your other-half.
Thanks for reading folks, keep a look-out for my tweets in the coming week!
Please feel free to share how you best get through your to do lists, by leaving a comment below.
Transforming your loft space into a room that can be used frequently within the home is a really great idea. Not only does this additional room bring you choice and essential space, but it will also result in added value to your property, which will be beneficial in many years to come. Loft conversions are becoming extremely popular, with many people now able to work and even workout in the comfort of their own homes. In order to have a successful loft conversion, you need to ensure you have a clear budget and plan, and these useful tips are guaranteed to help you achieve this.
When it comes to managing expectations, many people begin to struggle. Whilst you may think your stunning loft conversion can be achieved with a low budget and small timescale, it’s never beneficial to think like this, as you can almost always guarantee that something, somewhere along the line will go wrong or take longer than expected. It’s important to keep a positive mindset when carrying out a project like this, but having realistic expectations is the key. Create a clear plan of everything that is going to be required for the conversion, from contractors and tools, to décor and finishing touches, and then you can set some realistic goals on what to expect.
Create a Schedule
The last thing anyone wants when having housework done, especially internal work, is for it to take longer than necessary. Before the work begins on your loft conversion, you need to create a clear schedule to balance out time, budgets and workload. Try to have everything running in order of what will work best for you and your own time, as you don’t want to be caught up halfway through the work. Figure out when will be best for the builders to begin the work and try to schedule them in to complete the work in as little time as possible. You have to expect the odd weekend or weekday when they may be a man down or need some time off, so having a schedule will help you should the timing go over ever so slightly.
Throughout your loft conversion, you are likely to face a few bumps that will either require additional time or extra cost to smooth out. It’s not always going to be the case, but you never know when something may be found that needs fixing, something may break, or you simply may just find some jobs taking longer than others. With this in mind, it’s important to be wary and conscious of this happening. You should always have a little extra on your budget just incase of any change, and similarly, it’s always beneficial to expect a few extra weeks to be added to the completion date just to be on the safe side. Whilst it’s unlikely that you’ll need these extra steps for your loft conversion, it’s always better to be prepared and ready for what could happen, rather than be caught out and left struggling to sort the problem.
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