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Effective use of children's centres to offer early support to vulnerable families is helping an "inadequate" council turn around its performance, Ofsted has found.

The government is to consider whether children who are home-schooled should be formally registered and the quality of their education officially monitored, amid concerns that local authorities are struggling to keep track of them.

A new £11m Early Intervention Youth Fund will be established to support community projects that help steer young people away from violence, as part of the government's serious violence strategy, it has been announced.

A programme bringing Jobcentre Plus advisers into schools is making a positive difference to young people but will need additional funding if it is to meet demand, an evaluation has found.

Public Health England issues tooth decay warning as "sugar tax" comes into effect; investigation launched into claims of abuse at specialist learning centre; and concerns that popular online game could place children at risk, all in the news today.

Councils should be given the choice whether to continue providing independent reviewing officers for children in care, the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has said.

Around 1,000 children's centres have closed since 2009, twice as many as officially acknowledged, an education charity has claimed.

The creation of an independent trust as part of efforts to improve children's services in Worcestershire will cost around £4.6m, it has emerged.

The organisation that runs the government's National Citizen Service initiative has dropped a claim against a major regional provider that went bust.

Union warns of potential for industrial action over controversial literacy and numeracy checks for four-year-olds; researchers find Muslim parents pulling children out of school due to bullying; and second young person dies following shootings in London, all in the news today.

Nadhim Zahawi announces funding for research on how best to help disadvantaged families during school holidays; Cafcass services rated "outstanding" by Ofsted; and report warns EU families with British-born children to get their statuses documented prior to Britain leaving the European Union, all in the news today.

The vast majority of children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) have been transferred onto new education, health and care (EHC) plans ahead of this weekend's deadline, although thousands are still waiting, government figures show.

Youth offending teams (YOTs) and police are doing effective work to keep children who have committed low-level offences out of the formal criminal justice system, a report has found.

Around 40 per cent of councils across England have not signed up to a voluntary scheme to take child refugees from other areas, amid concerns that central government is not providing enough funding to cover the true cost, a report has revealed.

The government's 30 hours free childcare initiative should be extended to all children as part of efforts to tackle social and economic inequalities, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.

Charity warns young people still finding it too difficult to access mental health services; teacher jailed for life after training children for terror attacks; and £4.2m announced for new inpatient facilities for adolescents with mental health difficulties, all in the news today.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield and the University of Huddersfield set out to analyse spending on children's services by 150 local authorities between 2010 and 2015, looking in particular at how spending varied between poor and affluent areas.

This paper explores information sharing at all stages of the child protection process and considers the facilitators and barriers to this.

This summary draws on research presented in a paper that examines the legal framework that governs information sharing in Australia. To make these findings more applicable to the UK context, the summary also highlights key messages on information sharing from the triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011-2014.