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Plans to introduce a new accreditation system for children's social workers in phases risk destabilising the workforce and do not provide value for money, children's services leaders have warned.

Volunteer school mentor numbers top 1,300

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 March 2017

More than 1,300 volunteer mentors are now working in schools across England as part of efforts to boost careers education, it has emerged.

An MP has made a bid to change the law in order to force schools to give colleges and other post-16 education and training providers access to their pupils.

Youth services are in existential crisis and face oblivion unless they change the way they are funded and take advantage of social investment opportunities, a leading figure in the sector has warned.

A council has been awarded £9.6m from the Department for Education's innovation fund to set up a national centre to teach other local authorities how to improve practice.

Ofsted is considering ditching overall ratings for the quality of children's services when it introduces its new inspection framework next year, it has emerged.

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.

A council is to invest money in an overhaul of its children's centres and libraries that will see the two services share premises in at least four areas to deliver long-term savings.

An overhaul of the way councils report children's services spending to ministers is needed as the current system is too burdensome and offers little value, a study has suggested.

A charity that uses sport to help unemployed young people find work, education and training opportunities has been handed £1.2m to help expand its reach this year.