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The number of children in care has risen to more than 75,000 for the first time, with the pace of increase accelerating, government figures show.

The Scout Association is set to team up with children's charity Action for Children to provide early years provision for four- and five-year-olds as part of a pilot project that could be rolled out nationwide within two years.

The Department for Education has announced plans to improve children's services at a troubled council after Ofsted inspectors warned of rising caseloads for social workers have resulted in children being left unprotected.

Members of the UK Youth Parliament have chosen to campaign on tackling knife crime and lowering the voting age to 16 in 2019.

Details of initiatives that will be expanded to other local authorities as part of an £84m drive to reduce the number of children being taken into care have been revealed by children's minister Nadhim Zahawi.

Delivering the 2018 Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that additional funding will be set aside to deal with the impact of rising numbers of children in the care system.

More children deemed to be at risk of significant harm but not in immediate danger should remain with their families, England's most senior children's social worker has said.

The Skill Mill provides employment in environmental work for young ex-offenders aged between 16 and 18.

Councils are to trial giving social workers money to spend on practical help for families, such as a new fridge, short break or childcare. Experts say the funding will be targeted at children most at risk of care proceedings.

A total of £85m will be handed to 20 local authorities struggling with high or rising numbers of children in care, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.