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The government has been criticised by an influential group of MPs for its lack of progress to improve children's social care and help councils cope with rising demand.

New evidence on the extent of cuts to council spending on Sure Start children's centres has emerged.

The government's Troubled Families Programme is cutting numbers of children in care by up to a third, new analysis from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government suggests.

'Passionate leadership and fewer targets' key to early help success

By Gabriella Jozwiak and Joanne Parkes |

20 March 2019

Passionate leadership, a clear vision, and a small number of focused targets are among 16 "key enablers" identified by research looking at what makes an early help offer successful.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council's children's services department is failing to protect children and is blighted by "poor leadership", according to a damning Ofsted report.

A group of parents have lost their high court challenge over £21m of potential cuts to special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding by Surrey County Council.

More than two thirds of the funding available to councils to support families in financial crisis was unspent last year, despite rising need.

Hartlepool SEND provision faces DfE intervention

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

14 March 2019

Hartlepool is facing Department for Education intervention in its special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services, after inspectors found ongoing "serious weaknesses".

The government needs to put in place a national strategy to address failures in support for the wider children's workforce, according to children's services bosses.

Councils flout B&B rules for families, charity claims

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

12 March 2019

Local authorities are exploiting a legal loophole to house families in bed and breakfast accommodation for extended periods, according to a children's rights charity.