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Children's services in Manchester have been given £451,000 from the Department for Education to cover additional costs incurred from supporting young people and families in the aftermath of last year's terror attack at Manchester Arena.

Telford CSE youth work team 'under-resourced'

By Joe Lepper |

16 March 2018

A specialist youth work team set up to support victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Telford was unable to effectively tackle the scale of the problem due to a lack of funding and excessive workloads, it has emerged.

Funding for the first children's trust to take over the running of children's services from a local authority will be cut by £4.5m over the next three years, it has been announced.

A new £4m fund to develop new ways to help children with additional needs move from alternative provision into mainstream education or special schools has been announced.

Around £15m of government funding will go to eight new "partners in practice", to expand a peer support programme that sees leading children's services departments work with other local authorities to improve standards.

A coalition of more than 40 leading children's organisations and experts has written to government urging it to reject several proposals from a major review of the fostering system, because they would "greatly weaken" legal protections for vulnerable children.

A former president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) is to lead efforts to turn around provision at a struggling department.

Government is actively assessing the financial state of children's services departments across England amid concerns that increasing demand for support is leaving some councils on the financial brink, children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has revealed.

One in 10 residential children's care providers are potentially facing insolvency because they are unable to meet the costs of "sleep-in" pay for staff, according to a survey.

Timpson to lead DfE review of school exclusions

By Neil Puffett |

12 March 2018

Former children's minister Edward Timpson is to lead a review into school exclusions, the Department for Education has confirmed.