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Parents face much the same problems as they did 10 years ago in terms of accessing support for children with speech, language and communication needs, a study has found.

Welsh government to consult children as young as seven on Brexit; Parsons Green tube bomber had been on deradicalisation programme; and leading children's doctor warns of "obesity apocalypse".

A specialist youth work team set up to support victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Telford was unable to effectively tackle the scale of the problem due to a lack of funding and excessive workloads, it has emerged.

Study finds more than one in four schools are now in deficit; serious case review finds that 16-year-old Bristol girl killed in a sexually motivated attack received "fragmented service" from professionals; and council in Wales announces plans to shut all 39 of its youth clubs, all in the news today.

Funding for the first children's trust to take over the running of children's services from a local authority will be cut by £4.5m over the next three years, it has been announced.

Charity calls for action to boost male childcare numbers

By Tristan Donovan

| March 15, 2018

A national advisory group to monitor progress in recruiting men to work in childcare is needed to address the sector's gender imbalance, the London Early Years Foundation has said.

More young people will be encouraged to take part in the government's flagship National Citizen Service initiative as part of efforts to improve community integration in five areas where segregation is a problem.

A former president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) is to lead efforts to turn around provision at a struggling department.

A coalition of more than 40 leading children's organisations and experts has written to government urging it to reject several proposals from a major review of the fostering system, because they would "greatly weaken" legal protections for vulnerable children.

Early years sector 'increasingly relying on volunteers'

By Tristan Donovan

| March 14, 2018

Early years providers are increasingly relying on unpaid volunteers, an analysis of the childcare workforce by the Education Policy Institute has concluded.

Government delays scrapping childcare voucher scheme; police claim reports of scale of child abuse in Telford have been "sensationalised", and Justice Secretary warns that extremist parents could have their children taken away by the courts, all in the news today.

Staff in primary schools often feel powerless to support young people at risk of getting involved with gangs, because they are not getting the help they need from within the school or from other local agencies, a report has warned.

Church calls for celibacy to be promoted as part of sex and relationships education; Iain Duncan Smith suggests Chancellor should reverse universal credit cuts; and government confirms delay to introduction of age checks for online porn, all in the news today.

One in 10 residential children's care providers are potentially facing insolvency because they are unable to meet the costs of "sleep-in" pay for staff, according to a survey.

Employers should help young people on apprenticeships gain financial skills, as nearly half struggle to pay their bills, a report has said.

Children's services in Rochdale have been rated as "requires improvement" following the first official inspection to be carried out under Ofsted's new inspection framework.

A London charity has been handed £400,000 to support 300 youth clubs across the capital to provide improved services and activities.

Inspectors have praised a council for the quality of support it offers care leavers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Some councils are being "pushed towards the financial brink" due to the combined impact of government funding cuts and increasing demand on local authority children's services departments, Labour has said.

Too many children and young people find themselves at "crisis point" before receiving mental health support because health care, education and other public services are not working together as effectively as they could, a report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), published today, has found.