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Council and health chiefs criticised over SEND services

By Nina Jacobs

| December 15, 2017

Council and health chiefs in Hull have been criticised by inspectors for "weaknesses and inconsistencies" in their leadership of special educational needs and disability (SEND) services.

May pledge on UK involvement in Erasmus programme post Brexit; government advice on sexual harassment in schools; and the Scottish government to invest £243m in childcare, all in the news today.

Nurseries to benefit from small business tax cuts in Wales; research shows how technology is changing children's relationships; and a dramatic rise in British child citizenship fees, all in the news today.

Council failures are to blame for the placement of one in three homeless young offenders in unsuitable and unsafe accommodation across England and Wales, according to probation inspectors.

The scandal of 'off-rolling'

| December 14, 2017

Prevention is better than court

| December 14, 2017

DfE research evaluates effectiveness of social work assessment framework; school pupils' knowledge of "global competence" to be assessed; and cities urged to become more child-friendly, all in the news today.

Ofsted has condemned the "unacceptable" treatment of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by mainstream schools.

Spit hood use on children more than doubles

By Nina Jacobs

| December 13, 2017

Instances of the controversial practice of police using spit hoods on children have risen dramatically this year, according to figures obtained by the Children's Rights Alliance for England (Crae).

Ofsted has criticised children's services' response to domestic abuse, saying social workers are too focused on victims and need to do more to tackle perpetrators and prevent abusive behaviour.

Research shows more than a third of girls sexually harassed in schools; children to be given extra protection online; and care applications fall five per cent, all in the news today.

Westminster City Council's children's services are facing an annual bill in excess of £420,000 to establish a partnership with Kensington and Chelsea following the collapse of the tri-borough arrangement.

Council leaders in England have urged the government to tackle the funding crisis in children's social care when deciding on a financial package for local government for the coming year.

The welfare and rights of vulnerable young people being questioned or detained by police could be threatened by proposed changes to Home Office codes of practice, a coalition of youth justice organisations has warned.

Council spending on children's centres and early years support has fallen by nearly £700m since 2010, analysis of government figures shows.

The government's flagship Troubled Families programme is successfully reducing the number of children deemed to be in need support from local authorities, according to emerging evidence.

The aspirations and skills of more than 2,000 disadvantaged young Londoners have been improved by a three-and-a-half year programme of sports and out-of-school education, an evaluation has found.

A Home Office scheme that sees councils volunteer to take unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) from other areas is to be expanded across the UK.