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Regional adoption agencies (RAAs) are struggling to attract "buy-in" from participating councils, an evaluation of their introduction has suggested.

Successful children's social care initiatives from the Department for Education's innovation programme will be extended to more councils across England over the next 12 months, children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced.

More than one in 10 children who are home schooled are known to children's social care, a survey of councils has found.

Pace of children being taken into care accelerates

By Neil Puffett |

15 November 2018

The number of children in care has risen to more than 75,000 for the first time, with the pace of increase accelerating, government figures show.

Local agencies still don't fully understand the scale of and risks posed by "county lines" drug running and other forms of child criminal exploitation, and must learn lessons from past child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases if they are to tackle the issue, a report has found.

The government should undertake a "fundamental shift" on early intervention policy by setting out a national strategy to tackle childhood adversity and trauma, and outline its plans for the future of children's centres, an influential group of MPs has said.

The Department for Education has announced plans to improve children's services at a troubled council after Ofsted inspectors warned of rising caseloads for social workers have resulted in children being left unprotected.

More than half of young people who present themselves as homeless or at risk of homelessness do not receive any meaningful support from their local authority, a charity has warned.

Providing children in care one-to-one tuition would help close the attainment gap with their peers and save the taxpayer £20,000 per child over 20 years, economists have calculated.

A council has been criticised for denying parents time with their dying baby, who they were wrongly accused of harming.