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The government is not making enough progress to tackle child obesity, a year after it published its childhood obesity strategy, it has been claimed.

Increase in top A-Level grades for first time in six years; Muslim youth group on course to raise £500,000 for charity; and staff shortages result in temporary children's ward closures, all in the news today.

Lone migrant children hit by Legal Aid cuts

By Tristan Donovan

| August 17, 2017

Unaccompanied migrant children are struggling to access justice thanks to a double-whammy of Legal Aid cuts and rising Home Office fees, analysis shows.

The size of the Youth Justice Board is set to shrink further with staff due to transfer to a new youth custody body next month, it has been confirmed.

Shadow minister resigns over CSE race comments

By Tristan Donovan

| August 17, 2017

Labour MP Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow secretary for women and equalities after claiming that "Britain has a problem with British-Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

Fall in the number of young people unemployed; domestic abuse counselling scheme hailed a success; and doctors warn about cuts to sexual health services in south London, all in the news today.

Councils involved in a Home Office scheme to take in unaccompanied asylum seeking children from other areas are facing an average £25,000 shortfall in funding for every child they support, research suggests.

Inspection highlights high levels of child neglect in Peterborough; terms of reference outlined for Grenfell Tower inquiry; and council explains children's centre closure plans, all in the news today.

The number of youth work students has fallen sharply to their lowest level on record, with courses continuing to struggle to recruit men, latest figures have shown.

Vulnerable families 'missing out on early help'

By Nina Jacobs

| August 14, 2017

Around 140,000 vulnerable families referred to children's services for concerns including abuse and neglect are not getting help because their needs fall short of the criteria for support, a charity has warned.

A support programme for young people not in education, employment or training (Neet) is expanding its range of services to include help with mental health problems.

Lack of school support harms left-handed children's education, say campaigners; analysis shows link between child poverty and university rates; and criticism for SEND services in Wakefield, all in the news today.

Most nurseries planning to offer 30 hours free childcare will only do so by charging parents and restricting numbers, due to concerns over the level of funding on offer, a survey has revealed.

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.

A council has given the green light to close more than a third of its children's centres as part of a review of its early years services.

DfE appoints adviser to improve Gloucestershire children's services; review calls for prisoners to have more contact with families; and Calderdale LSCB appoints new chair, all in the news today.

Investigation reveals extent of exclusions due to sexual misconduct; Home Secretary backs the use of stop and search by Met Police; and boy aged 15 becomes 13th teenager in 2017 to be stabbed to death in London, all in the news today.

A children's charity has spoken out against proposed cuts to services for deaf children in a local authority area that was recently criticised for the quality of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Levels of violence against staff and young people at a secure training centre (STC) have more than doubled in the past year, a joint inspection has found.

Ofsted has abandoned its commitment to produce a standalone annual report on the state of children's social care services.