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DfE announces further £45m for SEND reforms

By Joe Lepper |

01 December 2017

Councils will be provided with a further £45m in funding to ensure they can meet the looming deadline for overhauling support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the Department for Education has said.

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.

Inspectors have raised concerns about the quality of services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Oldham.

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 are being exploited by drugs gangs through so-called "county lines" crime, in at least two thirds of police force areas a National Crime Agency report has found.

Faith abuse expert to lead National FGM Centre

By Neil Puffett |

27 November 2017

A social worker who specialises in protecting children from harmful traditional practices has been chosen to head up the National FGM Centre.

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.

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.

Young politicians are calling on the government to take action to combat the "long-lasting" effect of body dissatisfaction on young people's lives.