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An investigation into the prevalence of autism among children in care has prompted concerns that many are not being diagnosed and are missing out on important support as a result.

Charity warns over future of child protection funding

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

23 May 2017

Government plans to change the way local authority child protection work is funded risk leading to a major drop in resources in the most deprived areas, it has been claimed.

Care leavers will be able to benefit from three years of free accommodation as part of an initiative designed to help support them through university.

A re-inspection of children's services at a council rated "inadequate" in 2014 has found significant improvements, with provision upgraded to "requires improvement".

A new criminal offence will be introduced for perpetrators of domestic abuse directed at a child, the Conservative Party has said.

A major merger of fostering providers is set to be given the green light after regulators indicated they are happy with plans to sell on some elements of the business to other firms to avoid a monopoly.

A vow to overhaul the children's care system and end the government's focus on adoption has been added to the final version of Labour's manifesto for next month's general election.

The number of children affected by domestic violence has increased significantly, a child protection charity has said.

Campaigners calling for mandatory reporting to be introduced in order to protect children from abuse have welcomed a pledge from the Labour Party to strengthen the duty to report if it wins next month's general election.

A charity established by government to boost the evidence base for prevention work with children and families has named its new chief executive.