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Zahawi rules out ringfencing school SEN funding

By Tristan Donovan |

22 February 2018

Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has rejected suggestions from the Labour Party that the government should protect the money it gives to schools to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Corbyn calls for national action on life skills

By Sophie Eminson |

20 February 2018

Young people should get more help to develop life skills and manage their emotions as part of efforts to improve their prospects, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Health, education and council chiefs in Medway have been criticised by inspectors for failing to work together to improve support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Supporting children who have been affected by adversity and trauma should be made a public health priority, a mental health charity has said.

Every secondary school in the country should be handed funding to offer independent mental health counselling to all pupils, local authorities have said.

SEND chiefs in Durham 'ignore' children's views

By Joe Lepper |

02 February 2018

Inspectors have criticised education, health and care services in Durham for ignoring the views of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the shaping of local support.

Social media can bring psychological and emotional benefits to young people in care outweighing the potential risks it poses, a study has found.

Lancashire County Council should rethink its decision to award a £104m contract for children's health provision to private firm Virgin Care in the wake of the Carillion collapse, a union has said.

Multi-agency efforts to support children at risk of neglect in Haringey are too variable, and some practice is ineffective in improving their lives, inspectors have found.

Government plans to improve mental health help for children and young people are missing an opportunity by failing to look at early years support, experts have warned.