The early years sector has warned it cannot afford another minimum wage increase - unless the government plugs a claimed £662m funding shortfall.

Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has blamed directors of children's services for the rise in unsuitable care placements - claiming they are not following the rules.

Local services will be judged on how they respond jointly to children's mental ill health in new themed area inspections, Ofsted has announced.

Public sector organisations will be legally bound to work together to tackle serious violence including knife crime under a new duty announced by the government.

Children's social care workforce inquiry launches

By Joanne Parkes |

17 July 2019

An inquiry into children's social work will examine what the workforce needs in order to provide the best help and protection for families, the parliamentary education committee has announced.

Campaigners have cautiously welcomed the new Domestic Abuse Bill, but claim that "fundamental changes" are still needed to give children the protection they need.

Government plans to increase scrutiny of home education, including the creation of local registers of home-schooled children, do not go far enough, council chiefs have warned.

Only a third of English councils have sufficient childcare provision for all working parents in their area during the school summer holidays, latest research shows.

Prison leadership scheme ready for rollout

By Joanne Parkes |

15 July 2019

Dozens of newly qualified prison officers have completed a leadership scheme developed to attract graduate talent and spread best practice within the secure estate.

Lincolnshire health visitors begin strike

By Dan Parton |

15 July 2019

Fifty-eight health visitors employed by Lincolnshire County Council have begun a two-day strike over 'no pay rises' and erosion of professional standards.