The government has been criticised by an influential group of MPs for its lack of progress to improve children's social care and help councils cope with rising demand.

New evidence on the extent of cuts to council spending on Sure Start children's centres has emerged.

The Department for Education is to plough an extra £31.6m into educational psychology training after it emerged that two thirds of councils are struggling to fill vacant roles.

A group of more than 30 healthy food campaigners are calling on the government to bring in proposals it made almost three years ago to rate schools on how well they are promoting children's health and combating obesity.

The government's Troubled Families Programme is cutting numbers of children in care by up to a third, new analysis from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government suggests.

'Passionate leadership and fewer targets' key to early help success

By Gabriella Jozwiak and Joanne Parkes |

20 March 2019

Passionate leadership, a clear vision, and a small number of focused targets are among 16 "key enablers" identified by research looking at what makes an early help offer successful.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council's children's services department is failing to protect children and is blighted by "poor leadership", according to a damning Ofsted report.

A group of parents have lost their high court challenge over £21m of potential cuts to special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding by Surrey County Council.

The government must target investment towards employment-focused youth services to address crime at its roots, sector leaders have urged.

More than two thirds of the funding available to councils to support families in financial crisis was unspent last year, despite rising need.