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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.

A charity has called for police forces to improve their handling of missing children cases after it emerged some are inappropriately categorising those who are missing from care as "absent".

The Department for Education is drawing up plans to make it easier to identify children and young people who have caring responsibilities, with a cross-government strategy due to be published in the summer, children's minister Edward Timpson has confirmed.

Courts will be required to take into account the overrepresentation of black and ethnic minority children in the youth justice system when they sentence children, under new guidance coming into force this summer.

Children's sector leaders have welcomed confirmation from the government that it has scrapped its controversial plans to allow councils to apply for exemptions from social care legislation.

The government is set to scrap plans to allow councils to apply for exemptions from social care legislation in the face of continuing opposition, CYP Now understands.

Government to make SRE compulsory from 2019

By Neil Puffett |

01 March 2017

Sex and relationships education (SRE) will be made compulsory in all secondary schools, while all children in primary schools will be taught about healthy relationships, but not sex, the government has announced.

Children in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the UK are at least 10 times more likely to be in care than children in the least deprived areas, a study has found.

Disability services are struggling to cope with a dramatic increase in the number of young people with complex needs, a report has warned.

Young people in custody need more help and support through the internal discipline process, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) has said.