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Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has blamed directors of children's services for the rise in unsuitable care placements - claiming they are not following the rules.

Local services will be judged on how they respond jointly to children's mental ill health in new themed area inspections, Ofsted has announced.

Public sector organisations will be legally bound to work together to tackle serious violence including knife crime under a new duty announced by the government.

Children's social care workforce inquiry launches

By Joanne Parkes |

17 July 2019

An inquiry into children's social work will examine what the workforce needs in order to provide the best help and protection for families, the parliamentary education committee has announced.

Campaigners have cautiously welcomed the new Domestic Abuse Bill, but claim that "fundamental changes" are still needed to give children the protection they need.

Call to extend Adoption Support Fund until 2030

By Nina Jacobs |

15 July 2019

The government should extend funding for vital therapeutic services for adoptive and special guardianship families for another decade, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.

May announces creation of new inequalities body

By Nina Jacobs |

12 July 2019

The government is to gather evidence on inequalities affecting vulnerable children and families through a new independent body set up to tackle social injustice and create a fairer society.

Councils should carry out transition assessments on all young carers of parents with a mental illness to ensure they are fully supported as they enter adulthood, new research suggests.

Trend of falling care applications continues

By Nina Jacobs |

10 July 2019

Numbers of care applications have fallen again for the first quarter of this year, new figures show.

Criminalisation concerns follow 23k calls to police from children's homes

By Dan Parton and Joanne Parkes |

08 July 2019

Young people are at risk of unnecessary criminalisation as a result of excessive police callouts to children's homes, campaigners claim.