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New Department for Education minister Robert Goodwill MP is to take on responsibility for early years in addition to children's social care as part of an expanded ministerial portfolio.

A doubling of the early years pupil premium is being called for by the Social Mobility Commission, as part of an ambitious set of demands to halt two decades of "failed" attempts by government to improve life chances for poorer families.

A group of MPs and peers have slammed government efforts to tackle childhood obesity and called for greater investment in health visiting services to support parents to address the issue pre-birth.

Long-term solutions sought for homelessness; parents of disabled children raise concerns over accessing support; and council refuses to reconsider decision on adoption application, all in the news today.

Every secondary school in England is to have a mental health "first aid champion" to identify and respond to the early signs of mental illness in children, under plans announced today.

Concerns have been raised about the welfare of tens of thousands of children and young people whose legal right to remain in the UK is uncertain.

Four out of five young people with autism have experienced mental health problems but are struggling to access support, research has revealed.

Local government leaders are calling on ministers to hand over a slice of £300m of innovation funding to help all councils improve services for vulnerable children.

Pupils with special educational needs (SEN) will be hit hardest by funding cuts in schools, according to a survey of around 400 London head teachers.

High Court dismisses council's bid to prevent children of suspected Isis sympathiser being taken abroad; hundreds of children vaccinated following measles outbreak, and Archbishop of Canterbury calls for resignation of his predecessor following...