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Segregation in English schools is an ongoing issue, with more than 40 per cent of schools contributing to the problem, a study by a major National Citizen Service provider has found.

A council and local health services have been told to take action to address "significant weaknesses" in provision for children and young people with special educational needs or a disability (SEND), following an inspection.

Adults who communicate with children using sexual language could face up to two years in prison and be automatically placed on the sex offenders register, according to a new law announced today.

Local authorities are too often failing to support children and families who need help because they are focusing all their resources on the most serious cases, a major year-long inquiry has found.

Four million children are now living in poverty according to official government statistics, prompting a call from charities for government to urgently rethink its policies.

More than two thirds of children's centres are set to close in a local authority area where Ofsted recently rated children's services as "inadequate".

Head, Heart, Hands was a UK-wide, three-year programme that aimed to improve foster care by enabling seven fostering organisations to explore a social pedagogy approach.

The number of health visitors has fallen by nearly 900 in the space of a year, while there has also been a significant fall in the number of school nurses, it has emerged.

The number of applications for children to be taken into care has risen to its highest level, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has revealed.

The government's flagship National Citizen Service (NCS) initiative may have lost money on both its spring and summer programmes, independent research has found.