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Too little progress has been made on improving young people's access to work experience with it remaining "patchy and inconsistent" despite recent reforms, the youth select committee has warned.

Regional adoption agencies (RAAs) are struggling to attract "buy-in" from participating councils, an evaluation of their introduction has suggested.

Successful children's social care initiatives from the Department for Education's innovation programme will be extended to more councils across England over the next 12 months, children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced.

Revised youth justice guidelines 'risk poorer outcomes'

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

16 November 2018

Revised national standards for how to work with children in the youth justice system may be missing important details that will lead to confusion among professionals and poorer outcomes for children, former Youth Justice Board (YJB) chief executive John Drew has warned.

More than one in 10 children who are home schooled are known to children's social care, a survey of councils has found.

Pace of children being taken into care accelerates

By Neil Puffett |

15 November 2018

The number of children in care has risen to more than 75,000 for the first time, with the pace of increase accelerating, government figures show.

Local agencies still don't fully understand the scale of and risks posed by "county lines" drug running and other forms of child criminal exploitation, and must learn lessons from past child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases if they are to tackle the issue, a report has found.

The Chancellor's Budget will cost the nursery sector a total of £437m next year due to increases in the national living wage and lack of action to reduce business rates and offer more money for funded places, according to evidence presented to MPs.

The government should undertake a "fundamental shift" on early intervention policy by setting out a national strategy to tackle childhood adversity and trauma, and outline its plans for the future of children's centres, an influential group of MPs has said.

DfE funds Scouts to launch early years provision

By Neil Puffett |

14 November 2018

The Scout Association is set to team up with children's charity Action for Children to provide early years provision for four- and five-year-olds as part of a pilot project that could be rolled out nationwide within two years.