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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.

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.

Plans to scrap free school meals for primary school children and allow new grammar schools to be opened have not featured in the government's legislative plans for the new parliament.

A national fostering organisation has criticised councils for failing to take into account the needs of children being placed in foster care, claiming that the practice of opting for "in-house" placements means they are missing out on the most appropriate care.

Reports of emotional abuse of children triple

By Joe Lepper |

20 June 2017

The number of calls to NSPCC's helpline concerning emotional abuse of children has tripled in the last seven years, figures released by the charity have shown.

Education Secretary Justine Greening has been asked to give urgent reassurances about fire safety in schools in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy last week.

Former children's minister Tim Loughton has described an apparent lack of firm government plans to improve services for children and young people as "concerning".