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Too little progress has been made on improving young people's access to work experience with it remaining "patchy and inconsistent" despite recent reforms, the youth select committee has warned.

Regional adoption agencies (RAAs) are struggling to attract "buy-in" from participating councils, an evaluation of their introduction has suggested.

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.

Local agencies still don't fully understand the scale of and risks posed by "county lines" drug running and other forms of child criminal exploitation, and must learn lessons from past child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases if they are to tackle the issue, a report has found.

The government should undertake a "fundamental shift" on early intervention policy by setting out a national strategy to tackle childhood adversity and trauma, and outline its plans for the future of children's centres, an influential group of MPs has said.

Former offenders as mentors

| November 14, 2018

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 Chancellor's Budget will cost the nursery sector a total of £437m next year due to increases in the national living wage and lack of action to reduce business rates and offer more money for funded places, according to evidence presented to MPs.

The number of health visitors in England has fallen below safe levels since responsibility for commissioning services switched from the NHS to local authorities, the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) has warned.

More than half of young people who present themselves as homeless or at risk of homelessness do not receive any meaningful support from their local authority, a charity has warned.

Providing children in care one-to-one tuition would help close the attainment gap with their peers and save the taxpayer £20,000 per child over 20 years, economists have calculated.

Making a difference


| November 09, 2018

A cross-party group of MPs is to investigate whether current funding levels are adequate for local authorities to deliver children's services.

A council rated as "outstanding" by Ofsted is planning to make cuts totaling £3.7m to its children's services but has warned the move is likely to mean more children are taken into care.

A council has been criticised for denying parents time with their dying baby, who they were wrongly accused of harming.

Future of early help 'under serious threat'

By Neil Puffett and Gabriella Jozwiak

| November 07, 2018

Services supporting families at an early stage in order to prevent child safeguarding issues are "under serious threat", due to pressure on budgets as a result of rapidly rising numbers of children at risk of serious harm, and short-term funding arrangements, children's services leaders have warned.

The government is set to reallocate up to £600m of funding earmarked for childcare on other policy areas outside of the early years sector because of slow take-up of its tax-free childcare scheme, the Labour Party has claimed.

A council has denied that it intends to start charging families for support services, claiming that proposals featuring in a new strategy for the future of children's services "are not under active consideration".