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Review of statutory guidance for youth services will, says the youth minister, "provide greater clarity" on what government expects councils to deliver, but leaders say this must come with extra funding and other changes.

How to address the childminder decline

By Dan Parton

| July 30, 2019

Inquiry aims to reinvent childminding as experts call for less council red tape and more support from government to stem falling numbers.

Teaching about sexual consent

By Jennifer Cassarly, PhD candidate, Teesside University

| July 30, 2019

Early adolescents should be taught about sexual consent to tackle stereotypical views, says expert.

Councils should recognise vital preventative role played by health visitors and protect services, says expert.

For the first time, most young people in custody are of black and minority ethnic heritage, so what action is being taken to tackle the issue?

Asylum support: six key asks

By Amanda Shah, policy officer, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

| July 30, 2019

A group of young people in care and affected by asylum have devised advice on how best to support them.

'Invest in the childcare workforce to get best outcomes for children'

By Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, former children’s commissioner for England

| July 30, 2019

"What a mess! Despite investment to give more infants nursery care, there are huge problems with recruitment and retention, and so much unwillingness to gain any further qualification."

By 2024/25, councils face an estimated funding gap - the difference between how much money councils receive and how much they need to deliver services - of £8bn, according to analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA).

With funds lacking to meet families' expectations of special educational needs and disability services, parents and practitioners have pursued education, health and care plans to obtain support, worsening the cash crisis.

Building on the impact of the Troubled Families programme can be vital for securing the future of early help in upcoming spending review.