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

A pioneering housing project where care leavers are involved with refurbishing empty properties that they then move into has been handed £3.7m in innovation funding from the Department for Education to expand it into five new areas.

The Department for Education must update statutory guidance for local authorities as part of attempts to prevent thousands of children missing education, a children's charity has suggested.

The stress and uncertainty of repeatedly packing up their lives and moving home is becoming a "worryingly normal" part of life for some children growing up in poverty, a charity has warned.

Government should fund schools to create internal inclusion units to offer targeted early specialist intervention for children with behavioural problems, a government adviser has said.

Efforts to improve the way young offenders are dealt with are to be tested, with problem-solving courts set to be established across England.

Local authorities are too often failing to support children and families who need help because they are focusing all their resources on the most serious cases, a major year-long inquiry has found.

Adults who communicate with children using sexual language could face up to two years in prison and be automatically placed on the sex offenders register, according to a new law announced today.

A number of charities are joining forces to launch a campaign to press the government for better support for disabled children.

Child poverty level passes four million mark

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

16 March 2017

Four million children are now living in poverty according to official government statistics, prompting a call from charities for government to urgently rethink its policies.