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.

Ambition chief set for new role at poverty charity

By Joe Lepper |

15 December 2017

The chief executive of charity Ambition is leaving to take the top role at a poverty charity, following the youth sector group's merger with UK Youth.

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 government is considering extending eligibility for 30 hours free childcare to foster carers, Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening has said.

The government has pledged to plough £50m into bolstering early years provision in disadvantaged areas, as part of an action plan to improve social mobility.

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

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.

Spit hood use on children more than doubles

By Nina Jacobs |

13 December 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).

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.