Children's services in a London borough are facing a major challenge due to an alarming increase in violent knife crime, but are starting to deal with the problem more effectively, Ofsted has said.

Crisis support schemes run by local authorities are failing to operate effectively with increasing numbers of families turning instead to food banks and other voluntary agencies for help, a report has found.

Lottery funding to pay for initiatives to get families active; Girlguiding calls for schools and colleges to provide period products; and ban on smoking in Welsh playgrounds moves a step closer, all in the news today.

The Department for Education is looking to boost support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by overhauling the way they are assessed in schools.

Childcare providers face a funding shortfall of more than £500m for delivering government childcare initiatives, a study has found.

Councils should invest more money in upgrading technology and appoint dedicated administrators so children's social workers can spend more time supporting families, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has said.

The number of children being refused formal special educational needs (SEN) support following an assessment has more than tripled since ambitious government reforms came into effect in 2014, it has emerged.

Former Work and Pensions Secretary reveals concerns over Troubled Families programme; charity calls for action to protect children who live stream content on social media; and mother jailed for forcing daughter to marry a relative, all in the news today.

The government has named Prince's Trust chief executive Dame Martina Milburn as its preferred choice to chair the Social Mobility Commission.

A total of £4.5m has been set aside for councils to establish initiatives to support children of alcoholics and dependent drinkers, it has been announced.