Schools to decide whether to go ahead with exams following Manchester attack; Tory free breakfast pledge amounts to 7p per child; and significant rise in reports of child labour exploitation, all in the news today.

A Conservative manifesto pledge to tackle the disproportionate use of force against Black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) young offenders has been welcomed by youth justice campaigners.

The Association of Directors of Children's Services has raised concerns about plans set out by the Conservative Party to prevent councils from creating new school places in schools that have been rated less than "good".

The number of young people in contact with mental health services has passed the 240,000 mark, it has emerged.

One in three children's mental health workers say their service is suffering cutbacks or facing closure.

An investigation into the prevalence of autism among children in care has prompted concerns that many are not being diagnosed and are missing out on important support as a result.

Charity warns over future of child protection funding

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

23 May 2017

Government plans to change the way local authority child protection work is funded risk leading to a major drop in resources in the most deprived areas, it has been claimed.

The starting age for formal education will be raised if the Green Party forms the next government, with all children receiving free childcare before they start school.

An inquiry is to be launched by the youth select committee into the effect of body image issues on young people.

Care leavers will be able to benefit from three years of free accommodation as part of an initiative designed to help support them through university.