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Childminder numbers are plummeting, with more continuing to leave than join the profession every year, Ofsted figures have revealed.

The independent company running children's services in Sunderland is failing to adequately protect all vulnerable young people, an Ofsted inspection has found.

Conservative Party leadership hopeful Boris Johnson's claim that there is a "postcode lottery" for schools funding has been criticised by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) for being untrue.

The number of children using Sure Start children's centres in the most deprived areas of England has fallen by more than a fifth, driven by austerity cuts, new research has found.

The government has failed to address the question of dire education outcomes for children in need due to the "absolute paralysis" of Brexit, the children's commissioner for England has warned.

Children and young people exposed to domestic abuse could miss out on vital support services unless they are given "victim status" in new domestic abuse laws, a joint committee of peers and MPs has said.

A council has been criticised for the "unjust" way it removed two children from foster carers who wanted to adopt the siblings, an investigation has found.

Advocacy services for vulnerable children are "inadequate" in many areas and impeded by council "confusion" over their statutory obligations, analysis from the children's commissioner has found.

Trio of councils rated 'outstanding'

By Nina Jacobs

| June 12, 2019

Children's services in Redbridge are led by "exemplary" management who demonstrate "relentless drive and ambition for children", inspectors have found.

Newham Council is investing £1.4m to expand its youth service in a bid to reverse budget cuts that left its spending in this area among the lowest in London.

Nearly one in five nurseries in deprived areas of England are facing closure within the next 12 months due to the early years funding shortfall.

Vulnerable children are recruited to spy on criminals including sex offenders without the necessary safeguards to protect them from harm, the High Court has heard.

Funding for speech and language support for children under the age of five varies widely across England, with a quarter of areas spending just 58p or less per child, according to new research.

Claims by the children's minister that vulnerable children are not losing out following the closure of the statutory adoption register have been rejected by the charity that ran it.

Secure children's home placements plummet

By Nina Jacobs

| June 07, 2019

The number of children placed in secure children's homes has fallen to its lowest ever level, thanks to a significant reduction in youth justice placements, new figures show.

Lessons aim to reduce knife crime over summer

By Nina Jacobs

| June 06, 2019

Anti-knife crime lessons are being delivered in schools before the start of the summer holidays, the Home Office has announced.

Feltham Young Offender Institution (YOI) has seen significant year-on-year rises in the level of violence against children and staff, with many young inmates reporting they feel unsafe, inspectors have said.

Northamptonshire's child protection agencies did not collaborate to share safeguarding information on two children prior to their murders, two serious case reviews have found.

Sure Start children's centres substantially benefit the health of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, closing the gap in hospital admission rates between the poorest and richest areas by half, research has found.