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.
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.