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Extra-curricular activities, particularly music and sport, are three times more likely to be accessed by children from high-income households than their less well-off peers, a study has shown.

Schools are experiencing a "crisis of confidence" to provide adequate special needs support as increasing demand and rising costs have put the sector under significant financial strain, MPs have warned.

The early years sector has warned it cannot afford another minimum wage increase - unless the government plugs a claimed £662m funding shortfall.

Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has blamed directors of children's services for the rise in unsuitable care placements - claiming they are not following the rules.

Campaigners have cautiously welcomed the new Domestic Abuse Bill, but claim that "fundamental changes" are still needed to give children the protection they need.

Only a third of English councils have sufficient childcare provision for all working parents in their area during the school summer holidays, latest research shows.

Call to extend Adoption Support Fund until 2030

By Nina Jacobs

| July 15, 2019

The government should extend funding for vital therapeutic services for adoptive and special guardianship families for another decade, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.

Campaigners have vowed to fight on for children's centres nationally despite losing a High Court challenge over local closures.

Councils should carry out transition assessments on all young carers of parents with a mental illness to ensure they are fully supported as they enter adulthood, new research suggests.