A national body to oversee the entire children's social care system will be set up in a bid to create a more holistic approach to improving outcomes for vulnerable children, the government has said.

Foster families are to receive clearer advice on physical affection so they can feel more confident to hug and comfort the children in their care, the government has said.

Government to retain legal requirement for IROs

By Neil Puffett |

20 July 2018

Councils will continue to be required by law to appoint an independent reviewing officer (IRO) for all children in care or on a child protection plan, but the role they play is set to be reviewed, the government has said.

Children excluded from mainstream schools are two-and-a-half times more likely to have an unqualified teacher, research has found.

Youth minister Tracey Crouch has said her department is prioritising reducing the number of unfilled National Citizen Service (NCS) places after admitting the government has had to write off £9.8m spent on places that were not taken up.

A flagship government initiative allowing young people to remain in foster care after turning 18 is benefiting too few young people due to a lack of government funding, a charity has warned.

Compulsory relationships and sex education in schools will include sessions on mental wellbeing, the government has revealed.

Failing secure training centres (STCs) will be subject to greater scrutiny amid concerns around levels of violence and the safety of children.

Providing more money to councils will not help to reduce record numbers of children being taken into care, children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

Summer childcare costs rise by five per cent

By Neil Puffett |

18 July 2018

The cost of childcare during the school summer holidays is set to be five per cent more expensive than last year, a study has found.