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A national body to oversee the entire children's social care system will be set up in a bid to create a more holistic approach to improving outcomes for vulnerable children, the government has said.

Foster families are to receive clearer advice on physical affection so they can feel more confident to hug and comfort the children in their care, the government has said.

Government to retain legal requirement for IROs

By Neil Puffett |

20 July 2018

Councils will continue to be required by law to appoint an independent reviewing officer (IRO) for all children in care or on a child protection plan, but the role they play is set to be reviewed, the government has said.

A flagship government initiative allowing young people to remain in foster care after turning 18 is benefiting too few young people due to a lack of government funding, a charity has warned.

Compulsory relationships and sex education in schools will include sessions on mental wellbeing, the government has revealed.

Providing more money to councils will not help to reduce record numbers of children being taken into care, children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

Data on all children's services provision currently on offer across England should be collected and made available to commissioners so they can make decisions based on what works best for vulnerable young people.

A council has been rated "inadequate" for children's services for the first time under Ofsted's new inspection framework, three months after a spot check on provision flagged up concerns about children being left at risk.

Local authorities must regularly check how money handed to private children's homes providers is spent, in order to ensure they are prioritising the welfare of vulnerable children over profit.

Health and social care services for disabled children are being undermined by a £1.5bn annual funding shortfall, a coalition of charities has claimed.