Young people will be given the opportunity to shape their own support services through a new £900,000 fund designed to capture their views and voices.

Home Office launches knife crime campaign; Telford Council consider inquiry into child sexual abuse; and UK Youth to explore how youth sector can tackle issue of loneliness among young people, all in the news today.

A further five regional adoption agencies (RAAs) are to launch, backed with Department for Education funding of £3.4m.

Child poverty hits highest level in decade

By Tristan Donovan |

22 March 2018

The number of children living in relative poverty has risen for the third year running, taking it to its highest level in a decade, government figures show.

An initiative to support children leaving care has only enough funding to support one in five young people, councils have warned.

Children are being left at risk due to a staffing problems and poor management oversight at Wakefield Council, a focused visit by Ofsted has found.

MPs have criticised government attempts to improve social mobility in a hard-hitting report that calls for the Social Mobility Commission to have beefed-up powers to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people.

The lives of young people in custody are being "significantly impacted by deteriorating behaviour" which is not being tackled effectively, the chief inspector of prisons has warned.

Education secretary Damien Hinds wants schools that are successfully dealing with challenging pupils to be central to efforts to tackle high exclusion rates across England.

Tens of thousands of older teenagers facing serious risks including child sexual exploitation and mental health issues are missing out on vital support because of a "cliff edge" in support, a charity has warned.