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Robust staff training plans are needed to reduce the use of restraint of under-18s who have learning disabilities, autism or mental health needs, draft government guidance has said.

Every local authority should develop its own strategy for improving life chances for disadvantaged children in order to tackle widening gaps in social mobility across the country.

Children's services leaders have called for tougher regulation of home schooling after it emerged that the number of children being educated outside of schools is rising fast.

Call for action over tackling youth Neet rate

By Tristan Donovan |

24 November 2017

Campaigners have called for the government to do more to create job and education opportunities for young people after latest figures show a rise in the rate of 16- to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (Neet).

Children's sector leaders have hit out at the lack of additional funding in the Budget to address pressures in schools, social care and youth services.

Charities secure City of London funding partnership

By Nina Jacobs |

21 November 2017

Two charities supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable young people will benefit from a new multi-million pound partnership with the Lord Mayor's Appeal.

More than nine out of 10 schools will have seen their budgets cut by 2019/20, according to figures compiled by five unions.

Around 50,000 more children could be entitled to free school meals from next year as part of a review of eligibility arrangements for additional support, the government has said.

The children's commissioner for England has pledged to push for action to address rising numbers of vulnerable children being informally excluded by schools.

National board for children with high-level SEND to launch

By Tristan Donovan |

09 November 2017

A national leadership board to oversee reform of the education and care of children and young people with high-level special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is to be created following a review of residential special schools and colleges.