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Leaders back calls from an expert working group for the creation of virtual mental health leads for children in care, but warn they must be sufficiently funded and have the power to ensure provision is put in place.

Local focus on SEND in schools

By Derren Hayes |

28 November 2017

Review shows how councils can improve provision to reduce need for out-of-area residential schools.

The government has recently published the findings of its audit on how the experiences and outcomes of public services differ depending on race and ethnicity.

Community child health in crisis

By Dr Cliona Ni Bhrolchain |

26 September 2017

Paediatrician shortage is causing long waiting times for vulnerable children to access specialist treatment.

Child X reveals crisis in CAMHS

By Professor Sue Bailey |

29 August 2017

The Child X case highlights failures across the mental health system, not just inpatient care, says expert.

Youth mental health champions

By Derren Hayes |

26 July 2017

Teachers are to be trained how to respond to pupils in mental distress under a government initiative

The loss of its overall majority has been politically costly for the government, but it has also caused policy upheaval and ministerial changes affecting children's services. Sector leaders consider the implications.

The key to improving EHC plans

By Derren Hayes |

27 June 2017

Education health and care plans for SEND children need reforming not scrapping, say three sector experts.

Your guide to the Children and Social Work Act

By Derren Hayes |

31 May 2017

What the act means for everyday practice across the children's workforce.

Following Prime Minister Theresa May's election call, children's leaders are drawing up key policies. They say issues like school funding, free childcare and recruiting health visitors must not be drowned out by Brexit.