Child sex offences hit all-time high

By Neil Puffett |

23 March 2017

The number of child sex offences recorded by police forces across the UK have hit a new high, figures obtained by the NSPCC have shown.

NCS provider issues school segregation warning

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

23 March 2017

Segregation in English schools is an ongoing issue, with more than 40 per cent of schools contributing to the problem, a study by a major National Citizen Service provider has found.

Nicola Sturgeon launches £2m fund to boost nursery provision for children with additional needs; concern over significant drop in teacher recruitment numbers; and company creates cuddly toy jigsaw characters to teach young children about sex, all in the news today.

Efforts to improve the way young offenders are dealt with are to be tested, with problem-solving courts set to be established across England.

There has been an eight per cent rise in health visitors reporting more children experiencing delayed language in the space of a single year, it has emerged.

The government's tax-free childcare scheme will officially get under way on 28 April, with parents able to pre-register through a new website dedicated to childcare entitlements, the Department for Education has announced.

The quality of children's services in Doncaster is continuing to improve, with the independent trust in charge of provision earning praise for involving looked-after children in decision making.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to do more to divert young people with mental health issues away from crime.

Digital literacy should sit alongside reading, writing and arithmetic as the fourth pillar of a child's education and must feature as part of compulsory personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), peers have said.

Local authorities are too often failing to support children and families who need help because they are focusing all their resources on the most serious cases, a major year-long inquiry has found.