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Councils supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are to receive an increased day rate which for the first time does not take into account the child's age or when they entered the UK.

Knife crime has risen more in areas which have seen the largest cuts to spending on youth services, according to new research carried out by a cross-party group of MPs.

The early years sector has cautiously welcomed the launch of a government review of children's centres - which has been announced without fanfare.

Schools should be held accountable for pupils they have excluded throughout their education - including their exam results - a government-backed review has recommended.

The government has asked education leaders to provide evidence on the extent of the crisis in special needs provision and suggest ways that funding arrangements can be improved.

Just half of children who go missing from care are given statutory interviews when they return home, a study suggests, leading to calls for clearer guidance for councils.

Amid the debate over how to tackle rising levels of youth violence, the government has unveiled plans for a youth charter and review of youth workers' qualifications to help them meet young people's needs.

Lancashire County Council has been criticised for consistently failing to support two vulnerable siblings over a two-year period after they moved to live with their close relatives.

A funding boost of at least £3.1bn is needed to stem a children's services crisis in England, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.

The interim director of Bradford Children's Services has apologised to all department staff after a senior colleague appeared to publicly admit that council bosses did not take social workers at their word.

Evaluation of Growing Futures: Research Report

By Deanne Mitchell

| April 30, 2019

This study is an evaluation of the Growing Futures programme carried out by researchers at the University of Central Lancashire for the Department of Education.

This article looks at the issue of programmes that work with perpetrators of domestic violence, considering approaches used and the limitations of research. This includes a study of feminist theory; and the general conclusion that more evidence-based studies are needed.

Despite the major public health and clinical impact of domestic violence and abuse, the response of health care professionals to women experiencing domestic abuse is often poorly informed and inappropriate. This systematic review looks at educational and structural or whole-system interventions that aim to improve professionals' understanding of, and response to, survivors and their children.

This study looked at children's lived experiences of domestic violence and coercive control, and considers whether understanding them as direct victims might have implications for support services, including social care, mental health support and legal protection.

Local authorities in England and Wales have a legal duty to report annually to central government on looked-after children's psychological wellbeing and academic attainment but this duty ends once children are adopted. Researchers from Cardiff University wanted to fill this gap in understanding of how young people adopted from the care system perform at school, looking at their wellbeing and aspirations around work and education.

Cases of domestic abuse recorded by police and children's services have risen significantly over the past decade. The government has published a draft bill containing new protections to tackle the problem.

Research in 2011 estimated that up to 20 million children were living as orphans in India, four per cent of the country's total child population.

The government should extend the 30 hours childcare entitlement to all parents working eight hours a week to ensure it reaches more low-income families, the Social Mobility Commission has said.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates that there were 1.2 million female and 713,000 male victims of domestic abuse in 2016/17, respectively 7.5 and 4.4 per cent of the total population.