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.

Civil liberties campaign group Liberty has reiterated its call for parents to boycott the school census despite the government issuing revised guidance on how pupil data should be collected.

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.

'Unlawful' family court agreement axed

By Joe Lepper |

15 August 2017

A joint agreement aimed at tackling delays in care proceedings has been ditched amid concerns it is unlawful and could lead to collusion between social workers and family court guardians.

Children's social workers at a council rated "inadequate" are considering a second round of strikes, due to continuing concerns about heavy workloads and unfilled vacancies.

Youth work student numbers fall to record low

By Joe Lepper |

14 August 2017

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.

The Labour Party has criticised the government for its failure to deliver its pledge to publish a new youth strategy.

Vulnerable families 'missing out on early help'

By Nina Jacobs |

14 August 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.

Ofsted's proposed overhaul of the inspection of voluntary adoption agencies (VAAs) will give a misleading picture of their performance to potential adopters, a leading agency has warned.