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Reports that Kids Company founder and trustees face company directorship ban; MPs and peers raise concerns about children going hungry during school holidays; and television show criticised for glamourising suicide, all in the news today.

The Children and Social Work Bill is set to receive Royal Assent and become law within a week, the government has said.

Cost of tri-borough collapse set to top £1.5m

By Neil Puffett |

25 April 2017

The cost of the collapse of the pioneering tri-borough arrangement for delivery of children's services across three local authorities in London is likely to exceed £1.5m, it has emerged.

Providers criticise 'vague' free childcare guidance

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

24 April 2017

Guidance issued by the government on how local authorities and early years providers should manage the expanded 30 hours of free childcare being introduced in September has been criticised for being too vague.

Sir Martin Narey to lead fostering stocktake

By Neil Puffett |

24 April 2017

Longstanding government adviser Sir Martin Narey has been appointed to jointly lead a national stocktake of foster care provision.

Former ADCS president appointed to Youth Justice Board

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

24 April 2017

A former president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has been appointed as a member of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

Dame Louise Casey announces decision to leave government; study highlights children's concerns about parental mobile phone use; and inquest due to begin into youth custody death, all in the news today.

Health visitors and school nurses have called on all political parties to commit to ring-fencing public health budgets, ahead of June's general election.

Ofsted praises domestic abuse response in Bradford

By Neil Puffett |

21 April 2017

Social care, justice and health professionals across Bradford have been praised by inspectors for their efforts in responding to child protection issues in domestic abuse situations.

Planned trials to assess the mental health of children entering the care system have been delayed, the Department for Education has confirmed.