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A former president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has been appointed as a member of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

Guidance issued by the government on how local authorities and early years providers should manage the expanded 30 hours of free childcare being introduced in September has been criticised for being too vague.

Planned trials to assess the mental health of children entering the care system have been delayed, the Department for Education has confirmed.

A youth offending team has linked up with a private technology firm to launch a centre of excellence to help spread best practice in youth justice work across England and Wales.

More than 4,000 children contacted the Childline telephone support service for help after suffering loneliness last year because they were feeling isolated and "lonely".

Plans for a new £6m youth zone - the third to be earmarked for London - have been unveiled.

The government has doubled the amount of money it will spend on efforts to increase the number of childcare places on offer to £100m, the Department for Education has announced.

The government has said it wants schools to engage with parents in order to decide whether children should be taught about sex from an early age. 

All primary school children in England will receive free school meals if Labour wins the next general election, the party's leader has announced.

The chief executive of a government-funded breakfast club programme has urged head teachers not to cut back on providing the free meals to pupils, after a study showed most schools cannot afford to finance the provision.