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Routemap to improving council data to build better children’s services

A report by the Institute for Government and Nesta looks at how missing and poor-quality data is affecting children’s and young people’s service provision and finds that much of the data key to making more effective decisions is fragmented and held in silos across local government, central government, and delivery partners (see graphics).

The good and bad of new school guidance on mental wellbeing

The Department for Education’s new guidance for teaching mental wellbeing as part of the statutory relationships, sex and health education is a welcome sign that mental health is finally being given the same prominence as physical health in schools.

How play can help children transition back to school

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the social lives of children more rapidly than anyone could have imagined. It has been two months since most last played in-person with a friend. A survey by Emerging Minds shows that two-thirds of primary school children are feeling lonely, an increase of about 50 per cent compared to normal levels, and over half of parents are concerned about their child’s emotional wellbeing.