In-Depth

It has taken four years to transfer most children with special educational needs and disabilities to a new support system. While parents appear satisfied with the process, campaigners have criticised the quality of some care plans.

Will reception test be beneficial?

By Nick Brook and Nansi Ellis |

24 April 2018

The government is to develop a rating of pupils' ability when they enter reception, but experts disagree on whether it will be a good measure of schools' work and improve the education that children receive.

Amid a rise in knife crime, new Serious Violence Strategy is to fund projects working with young people at risk of involvement with gangs. But experts say work with children needs to be in universal settings and start earlier.

More support for young carers

By Jane Payler and Dr Victoria Cooper |

24 April 2018

Study highlights challenges faced by children with seriously ill parents and the extra support needed.

Delays undermine asylum transfer scheme

By Derren Hayes |

24 April 2018

Campaigners back inspection report that shows funding and capacity concerns are delaying transfers of unaccompanied children.

Tackling teenage pregnancies

By Sophie Eminson |

24 April 2018

As national conception rates for girls under 18 fall, three councils' successful approaches are outlined.

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is nearing the end of its parliamentary passage in the Lords.

Birmingham enters trust era

By Derren Hayes |

27 March 2018

Getting out of "inadequate" by end of the year is the first target for Birmingham's new children's trust.

Boosting YOI classroom time

By Derren Hayes |

27 March 2018

Experts call for changes to education provision in youth custody amid fall in classroom time in 2017.

Childcare feels the Brexit effect

By Purnima Tanuku |

27 March 2018

Childcare's reliance on staff from the EU means Brexit could exacerbate early years workforce crisis.