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Much has already been said about the new National Schools Funding Formula, but one aspect of the reform has not had quite so much attention - the new central school services block.

How to deliver better EHC plans

By Derren Hayes |

14 February 2017

Guide offers councils advice on producing education, health and care plans for children with SEN.

The struggles of two councils given freedoms from safeguarding duties has boosted opposition to the government's exemption clause plans. But social work leaders are split on whether freedoms increase safeguarding risks.

Birmingham's social care transfer

By Neil Puffett |

31 January 2017

England's largest authority outlines plans to transfer children's social care services to an independent trust.

Inquiry shines light on fostering

By Neil Carmichael |

31 January 2017

Education committee chair outlines issues to be debated by Commons' inquiry into state of foster care.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report highlights data showing children and young people from poorer backgrounds do worse across a range of health outcomes. Experts blame cuts to public health and welfare support.

What progress for SLCN support?

By Jean Gross |

31 January 2017

Review of support for child speech, language and communication needs will assess if provision has improved.

Dame Christine Lenehan review of inpatient care for children and young adults with severe learning disabilities finds policies and services lack co-ordination and calls for health and social care to develop integrated provision.

The government has set out its plans for how a proposed national assessment and accreditation system for children's social workers intended to boost the quality of practice in the profession will be implemented.

Childhood trauma and offending

By Pippa Goodfellow |

17 January 2017

Improving awareness of childhood trauma can help practitioners rehabilitate young offenders, says Nacro