Disability services are struggling to cope with a dramatic increase in the number of young people with complex needs, a report has warned.

Social workers should consider home visits for at least six months if there are suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected, new guidance has suggested.

Young people in custody need more help and support through the internal discipline process, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) has said.

Government criticised over teacher recruitment; council highlights difficulties with new CSE definition; and children's hospital becomes first to be rated 'outstanding', all in the news today.

Senior politicians should take a pay cut in order to free up money to preserve youth services, Conservatives at a council in England have proposed.

'Inadequate' council to close one in five children's centres

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

20 February 2017

The number of children's centres at a council rated "inadequate" by Ofsted will be cut by more than a fifth, with those remaining being run by schools in the future, as part of plans to save more than £1.6m by 2020.

New youth zone nears completion; call for youth organisations to assess their safeguarding procedures; and diversion scheme saves £190,000, all in the news this week.

The government is to press ahead with plans to cut the frequency of Ofsted inspections for good and outstanding children's homes, it has been announced.

Ofsted identifies as many as 170 illegal schools; Home Office to review asylum applications; and rise in the number of young people taking their own lives, all in the news today.

Childcare professionals have made a formal complaint to the competition watchdog over government efforts to introduce 30 hours of free childcare, claiming it is abusing its control of the market and effectively fixing prices.