Increasing numbers of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Surrey are missing school, often linked to mental health concerns, an inspection has found.

Mayor launches new £15m youth funding round

By Joanne Parkes |

16 May 2019

London youth projects are invited to apply for a share of a £15m mayoral fund aimed at supporting young people in the capital's high crime areas.

Adopted children performed better at GCSE level across all attainment measures than their looked-after peers, latest statistics published by the government show.

High rates of juvenile offending among prolific adult offenders, as well as links to poor educational attainment, poverty and school exclusions, are revealed by new Ministry of Justice data.

Serious concerns about children in secure accommodation are raised in a report published today, which finds that hundreds of children are "lost" in the system in potentially inappropriate settings.

A proposed national register combining adoption and fostering will elevate the "voice of the child" in the matching process, children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has told a parliamentary committee.

Minister for children and families Nadhim Zahawi has dismissed accusations that Opportunity Areas suck money from other disadvantaged areas - claiming they offer value for money and the "best chance" of boosting social mobility.

Scouts expands membership in deprived areas

By Nina Jacobs |

15 May 2019

Record numbers of new Scouts sections opened in areas of deprivation last year as part of a five-year strategy to bring opportunities to disadvantaged young people.

Campaigners are warning that child poverty is becoming the "new normal" in parts of Britain, after a study published today shows one in 40 council wards have a majority of children living below the breadline.

The Children & Young People Now Awards has introduced a new category for 2019, the Family Justice Award, for the initiative that has done the most to help families avoid disputes and resolve problems.