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New Department for Education minister Robert Goodwill MP is to take on responsibility for early years in addition to children's social care as part of an expanded ministerial portfolio.

Local government leaders are calling on ministers to hand over a slice of £300m of innovation funding to help all councils improve services for vulnerable children.

Timpson departure 'a loss' for children's sector, says Loughton

By Gabriella Jozwiak and Neil Puffett |

12 June 2017

Edward Timpson's defeat in last week's general election, meaning he will be replaced as children's minister, is a loss for the sector, his predecessor Tim Loughton has said.

The next government should place a statutory responsibility on schools to provide careers education to boost the quality of advice on offer, a professional body representing staff in the sector has said.

A university has axed its professional youth work course, blaming a dramatic reduction in job opportunities in the sector in recent years.

A former Department for Education civil servant who was dispatched to Birmingham to oversee school improvement in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal has been appointed as the local authority's director of children's services.

Plans to introduce a new accreditation system for children's social workers in phases risk destabilising the workforce and do not provide value for money, children's services leaders have warned.

Volunteer school mentor numbers top 1,300

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 March 2017

More than 1,300 volunteer mentors are now working in schools across England as part of efforts to boost careers education, it has emerged.

An MP has made a bid to change the law in order to force schools to give colleges and other post-16 education and training providers access to their pupils.

Youth services are in existential crisis and face oblivion unless they change the way they are funded and take advantage of social investment opportunities, a leading figure in the sector has warned.