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Nearly 300 under-12s in London arrested in three years for carrying weapon; Welsh commissioner warns of "marginalised" disabled young people; and council official warns of "brewing storm" in children's services, all in the news today.

Targeted work experience programmes can boost school attainment levels and opportunities among groups of underachieving boys, an inquiry on the issue has heard.

Inspectors have criticised the quality of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in North Somerset.

Councils best placed to improve failing schools, study finds; MPs call for Esther McVey to resign over Universal Credit claims; and pledge to expand Welsh free childcare praised, all in the news today.

Older children who are suffering neglect are going "unseen" by services that should be supporting them, inspectors have warned.

Directors of children's services are calling for more powers to send home-educated children back to school.

Around one in six of all children in England - a total of 2.1 million - are at "serious risk" due to complex family problems, with the majority of them "invisible" to the state and "let down" by the system, a study by the children's commissioner for England has found.

Government plans to introduce a baseline test for reception age children to measure their progress throughout primary school are "flawed, unjustified and wholly unfit for purpose", a study by a group of leading education experts has concluded.

Ofsted has praised improvements to the quality of "front door" social work in Liverpool, following an inspection of children's services, although provision overall has been rated as "requires improvement".

A council has been rated "outstanding" for the support it provides children in care, with children's services overall receiving a "good" rating.

Two disability campaigners who conducted reviews of special educational needs (SEN) provision have criticised the progress of government efforts to improve the system.

Less than £1 of every £100 saved by local authorities through shared provision is accrued from children's services, statistics show.

Training professionals with virtual reality technology can help them to be better at spotting signs of child abuse, academics have found.

Children's services leaders have called for the Department for Education (DfE) to be handed back responsibility for youth work policy.

Research highlights exposure of children to fast food outlets in deprived areas; NHS England chief executive calls for greater support for children with mental health needs; and government's "two-child policy" results in 70,000 low-income families losing £2,800 each, all in the news today.

Members of staff at Cafcass are being offered sessions on how to decrease stress and anxiety through meditation in order to promote mental wellbeing against a backdrop of increasing demand.

A number of interventions commonly used to improve the wellbeing of expectant parents and newborns lack evidence of their effectiveness, a study has concluded.

Star Wars child health initiative launches; parents report decline in quality of health services for disabled children; and government calls for ideas on how to detect people carrying knives, all in the news today.

The July edition of CYP Now spends a day with professionals at the West London Zone, a neighbourhood initiative that uses activities to boost the resilience of at-risk children.