A third of secondary school pupils are suffering from mental health problems, a survey by Action for Children has found.

The number of statutory duties that councils have in relation to children's services has risen by nearly 100 under the Conservative government, it has emerged.

Labour pledges to boost health visitor numbers

By Neil Puffett |

18 October 2018

Labour will ensure there are more health visitors recruited across England if it wins the next general election, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said.

National child death database to launch next year

By Nina Jacobs |

17 October 2018

A new national database recording all child deaths is to launch in April next year in a bid to improve information sharing which will help prevent future deaths, the government has announced.

Extend mandatory role of health visitors, urges children's commissioner

By Neil Puffett and Joe Lepper |

16 October 2018

The role of health visitors should be extended so that struggling families receive more than the current statutory minimum of five health checks, children's commissioner for England Anne Longfield has said.

A social enterprise responsible for children's services across three local authority areas has received funding to develop innovative new approaches to careers advice for children with special educational needs (SEN), it has been announced.

Children will start receiving mental health assessments when they enter the care system from June 2019 as part of a delayed pilot project, it has emerged.

Zahawi: Drop in 30 hours childcare take-up 'expected'

By Neil Puffett |

16 October 2018

A fall in the number of children having their application for 30 hours funded childcare approved was "expected", children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

A council has been praised by Ofsted for establishing resilient and sustainable services for vulnerable children despite the pressure of growing demand.

Young people could benefit from improved access to community spaces after the government pledged up to £1.8m as part of its loneliness strategy to develop underutilised rural and urban areas.