Local government leaders are calling on ministers to hand over a slice of £300m of innovation funding to help all councils improve services for vulnerable children.

Four out of five young people with autism have experienced mental health problems but are struggling to access support, research has revealed.

Government commits to new youth strategy

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

23 June 2017

Plans to publish a three-year youth policy are set to be pursued by the new government, the sector has been told.

One of the best performing youth offending services (YOS) in England and Wales is to undergo a full review to save £500,000.

Education experts unhappy with DfE primary testing plans

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

23 June 2017

Department for Education proposals to scrap tests for seven-year-olds and introduce a new assessment at age four or five would not deliver the improvements required within primary schools, education campaigners have warned.

High Court dismisses council's bid to prevent children of suspected Isis sympathiser being taken abroad; hundreds of children vaccinated following measles outbreak, and Archbishop of Canterbury calls for resignation of his predecessor following report on the way the church handled sexual abuse, all in the news today.

Many child protection practices currently used by social workers, such as multi-agency safeguarding hubs (Mash) may be ineffective, as there is a lack of evidence about whether they make a positive difference, it has been claimed.

A council currently rated "inadequate" by Ofsted has announced it will launch a project with children's charity Barnardo's, just months after a joint bid for £7m of Department for Education innovation funding was turned down.

Efforts to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Cambridgeshire through counselling have been praised by inspectors, after the move contributed to a reduction in school exclusions.

Council leaders and children's campaigners have criticised the government for failing to tackle the "children's social care crisis" as part of its legislative programme for the new parliament.