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Analysis projects rise in 'homeless' families

By Nina Jacobs

| August 11, 2017

There are 50,000 children living in 'homeless' households, with numbers projected to rise by a quarter over the next decade unless the government tackles the problem, analysis reveals.

Childcare funding and payment should be collated into an online "childcare passport" to simplify the system for providers and parents, the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has said.

Political parties urged to make youth services statutory

By Neil Puffett and Joe Lepper

| May 11, 2017

A youth charity has called on political parties contesting the general election to boost youth services by making them statutory.

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".

Childcare leaders have criticised Labour for taking too long to appoint a shadow childcare minister, arguing that with the sector at "breaking point" there is an urgent need for credible opposition. 

Leadership: Appointing trustees

| December 06, 2016

Charities that fail to appoint effective trustees risk paying the ultimate price, so it is imperative that only the right candidates take on these important positions to ensure effective oversight of decision making.

Traumatised children more likely to develop ill health, study finds; MP calls for online safety lessons for young children; and committee slams standards of careers advice, all in the news today.

The party's new childcare taskforce must develop a future vision for children's centres and make the free entitlement sustainable, while securing a strong funding commitment from the government, say experts

Care leavers living in supported accommodation will be exempt from the government's cap on housing benefit, ministers have announced.

Care leavers should be exempt from paying council tax until they reach 21 in order to reduce numbers who end up homeless, MPs have said.

Alterations to ministerial briefs at the Department for Education suggest some shifts in policy priorities.

The government has said it is committed to pursuing efforts to improve the chances of disadvantaged children after it was confirmed that its life chances strategy will not be published until September at the earliest.

There has been a six per cent fall in young people sleeping rough in London at a time when the overall figure for street homelessness is on the rise, data has revealed.

Early years organisations have called on the government to provide clarity on flagship plans to extend free childcare to 30 hours a week in the aftermath of the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Special Report: Residential Care - Research evidence

By Research in Practice

| June 07, 2016

A growing body of research on the impact of adverse childhood experiences is starting to shape the planning and delivery of services for vulnerable families in the UK. Charlotte Goddard investigates.

The government has set out plans to reform children's social care through a Children and Social Work Bill, with the proposals being broadly well received by the sector.

Concerns have been raised about the modest amount of money "clawed back" from councils by government following the closure and downgrading of hundreds of children's centres.

A number of initiatives have aimed to increase early diagnosis of ASD - but are children in fact being diagnosed earlier?

There is a lot of research into the role children's centres play in improving outcomes for disadvantaged families. However, researchers from the University of Nottingham were keen to investigate centres' role in preventing injuries to under-fives, an area not previously analysed. Previous research has found injuries disproportionately affect children from low-income families.