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DfE revamp offers children’s services opportunities

Ordinarily there’s nothing interesting about a government department restructure. But look more closely at what’s happening in the Department for Education and you might wonder whether there’s a sea change afoot in relationships with local services for children.

University access key to success of levelling up

It is a decade since university tuition fees were raised from £3,000 to £9,000 per year. It was feared the rise would deter disadvantaged young people from going to university, yet latest figures from Ucas shows record numbers of 18-year-olds from poorer areas applied this year.

Levelling up is about more than better grades

The government’s levelling-up agenda has the potential to be a master key to unlock opportunity for children and young people and we have been eagerly anticipating the newly published white paper.

Make improving children's wellbeing explicit aim of all work

Children in the UK are continuing to feel more unhappy with their lives. At The Children’s Society we have just published our 10th annual Good Childhood Report. Yet again we are sounding the alarm over the wellbeing of our children – and yet again we have to wonder, who is listening?

Put child health hubs on England’s high streets

Public services are not known for being agile, but the pandemic has seen councils “pivot” to provide support online, redeploy staff where the demand is greatest and work across departments to meet a range of families’ needs.

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