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The Children and Social Work Bill is set to receive Royal Assent and become law within a week, the government has said.

Cost of tri-borough collapse set to top £1.5m

By Neil Puffett |

25 April 2017

The cost of the collapse of the pioneering tri-borough arrangement for delivery of children's services across three local authorities in London is likely to exceed £1.5m, it has emerged.

Ofsted praises domestic abuse response in Bradford

By Neil Puffett |

21 April 2017

Social care, justice and health professionals across Bradford have been praised by inspectors for their efforts in responding to child protection issues in domestic abuse situations.

Planned trials to assess the mental health of children entering the care system have been delayed, the Department for Education has confirmed.

Future of national FGM centre in doubt

By Neil Puffett and Joe Lepper |

21 April 2017

The future of a national centre to help children affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) is in doubt, with funding set to run out in June, it has emerged.

The Council of Europe has called on the British government to take urgent action to improve the safety of young people held in custody.

Children who are the victims of child sexual abuse are being let down by the system, with professionals often failing to pick up signs of abuse, England's children's commissioner has said.

The Department for Education is set to encourage councils across the country to adopt the best projects to emerge from its £300m innovation programme, a senior civil servant has said.

Nearly three-quarters of children in care have experienced a change in school, home or social worker over a 12-month period, data collated by the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England has shown.

Concerns over major drop in adopter recruitment

By Joe Lepper |

12 April 2017

More needs to be done to attract suitable adoptive parents for children with complex needs amid a sharp drop in recruitment, an influential body set up by the government to drive through adoption reform has warned.