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Formal sentencing principles for young adults, similar to those already in place for children, should be introduced to assist the courts and improve sentencing outcomes, a new report has said.

Two youth work charities have merged in a bid to ensure the long-term future of their work, it has been announced.

Health visitors are leaving the profession amid concerns that they are unable to keep children safe due to ongoing public health cuts, it has been claimed.

The number of teenage girls who aspire to become leaders has fallen, with girls blaming the decline on a working climate that favours men and negative media coverage of women.

The Department for Education has dropped a target to review applications for support for adopted children within five days due to a high volume of applications.

Government early years spending rises for first time in three years

By Neil Puffett and Joe Lepper

| September 18, 2018

The total amount spent by government on early years services rose for the first time in three years in 2017/18, but is still down on 2014/15 levels a report has found.

A government-funded childcare scheme is to blame for a sharp increase in nursery closures over the past year, according to an early years representative body.

A charity has accused the government of failing to support too many young people with caring responsibilities after it emerged that there could be as many as 800,000 young carers in England.

Young people with mental health issues linked to cannabis use are being turned away from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), a report has suggested.

Racism in school is a major factor in the low attendance rates of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, experts have told MPs.

A London borough has failed to assess more than half of children in its care, some "for a number of years", Ofsted inspectors have warned.

Four in 10 early education providers are making less money since the introduction of the government's 30 hours childcare initiative, according to a government-funded evaluation of the scheme's first year.

Health visitors should become the lead professionals in supporting families with infant mental health issues, according to the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV).

Childcare Costs report

| September 11, 2018

Low take-up of funded childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds is due to a lack of places, with providers claiming it is "less financially lucrative" than looking after three- and four-year-olds, a report has found.

A lack of co-ordinated leadership in Birmingham has been blamed for children with special educational needs and disabilities struggling in school.

Spending more time in good-quality early years settings helps children develop skills to manage their emotions and build positive relationships with others, research has shown.

Evidence and Impact: Reunification from care


| September 07, 2018

The latest in a series of articles about emerging safeguarding practice looks at how the NSPCC is supporting local authorities to effectively manage the rising number of children in care.

Hampshire's youth offending services (YOS) have been praised for "creative" approaches to interventions, assessments and planning, with inspectors judging provision to be "good" overall.