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Charlie Taylor, the former government adviser whose review of the youth justice system led to widespread reforms to custody, is to step down as chair of the Youth Justice Board (YJB).

An overhaul of secure children's homes is being called for in a critical report into the violent treatment of young people being confined against their will.

A government pledge to spend an extra £4.3bn on schools over the next three years will only reverse cuts of the last decade and still leave further education facing a £1bn shortfall, according to analysis by the think-tank The Institute of Fiscal...

An "inadequate" rated council is looking to slash its spending on residential childcare in a bid to reduce a predicted £4.2m overspend on children's services this year.

Campaign urges council duty to help children access play

By Nina Jacobs

| September 23, 2019

A manifesto calling for greater leadership, investment and legislation for children's play in England is being sent to all political parties ahead of a general election.

The proportion of children leaving education at 18 without five GCSEs at grade C or better has risen by a quarter in the past three years, according to research.

A major restructure to cut costs resulted in a decline in standards within a children's services department previously rated as "good", an Ofsted inspection has found.

Health and care services in the London borough of Merton have been criticised by inspectors for a raft of failures in supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

A new inspectorate for children's services in England could be created after Labour pledged to abolish Ofsted if it wins the next general election.

Spending Round: key measures for children and family services

By Derren Hayes and Nina Jacobs

| September 24, 2019

An extra £13bn is to be pumped into government departments in the next financial year, with local authorities and other providers of children's services set to benefit. Here, experts analyse what this means for provision.

Replacing LSCBs with partnerships between councils, police and CCGs will lead to more regional working and thematic reviews of child deaths. Advocates say this will improve learning, but concerns remain over leadership.

What's in a name?


| September 23, 2019

Impact of Brexit on Erasmus+

By David Harris

| September 24, 2019

The UK's participation in the EU's youth training scheme after Brexit remains shrouded in uncertainty.

Young people from disadvantaged areas are being encouraged to submit practical artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to issues such as climate change, health and wellbeing as part of a £25,000 prize fund.

Nearly half of youth clubs and community groups involving young people say their services are needed now more than ever but a lack of funding is making it harder to deliver activities than five years ago, research shows.

The Sure Start children's centres programme will be relaunched if there is a Labour government, the party's conference has heard.

Court advisory service Cafcass has not brought any legal proceedings on behalf of children in care despite referrals from independent reviewing officers (IROs) over the last decade, according to data obtained by campaigners.

Derren Hayes talks to Carol Homden, chief executive of Coram.

Briefing: delayed school start

| September 24, 2019

Councils are approving more applications for summer-born children to defer their school admissions.

Schools and colleges guide shows how to meet careers guidance benchmarks for pupils with SEND.