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Zahawi: Government taking action to reduce number of children in care

By Neil Puffett and Joe Lepper

| September 06, 2018

Steps are being taken to try to stem significant increases in the number of children being taken into care, with the government "acutely aware" of the impact the situation is having on local authorities, children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

Healthy diet unaffordable for 3.7 million children, study finds

By Gabriella Jozwiak

| September 05, 2018

As many as 3.7 million children in the UK are in families that cannot afford to follow healthy diet guidance published by government, research has found.

A children's services department led by the current president of the Association of Director's of Children's Services (ADCS) has become the latest to be rated "outstanding" by Ofsted.

An initiative to support youth services to raise commercial income through activities such as trading with businesses, renting out space, or selling retail goods is to launch.

A council's children's services department is struggling to cope with increasing demand as a result of unnecessary referrals from local partner agencies, Ofsted has said.

Four in 10 childcare providers 'fear closure within 12 months'

By Gabriella Jozwiak

| September 04, 2018

The introduction of the government's 30 hours childcare initiative and insufficient levels of funding has left four in 10 childcare providers fearful of closure within the next year, a survey has found.

Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees rise three times faster than their wages over the past decade, a study has found.

The Mulberry Bush School

By The Mulberry Bush School

| September 01, 2018

The Mulberry Bush is a national charity providing specialist services to meet the needs of traumatised children and their families.

A council is struggling to cope with a high turnover of social workers and rising caseloads, two years after inspectors rated its children's services as "inadequate", Ofsted has found.

Standards at two London councils have been praised by Ofsted inspectors in the wake of an acrimonious split from partnership arrangements with a third council.

A shortage of secondary school places could leave nearly 134,000 children without a school to go to by 2023/24, local authorities have warned.

Youth offending services in Derby have been rated as "good" overall with particular praise for work to reduce the risk of children and young people reoffending, including support for siblings.

Amid rising concerns about child criminal and sexual exploitation, policymakers and service providers are developing intelligence-led approaches to protecting vulnerable groups and supporting abuse victims.

The September edition of CYP Now takes an in-depth look at the key measures in the government's new Civil Society Strategy.

A new national unit will be established to help local areas improve support for vulnerable children and young people at risk of exploitation, the Department for Education has announced.