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Multi-agency unit to tackle 'county lines' crime launches

By Neil Puffett |

21 September 2018

A £3.6m unit to tackle "county lines" crime where gangs from urban areas exploit children to establish drug-dealing networks in rural areas has launched.

The worst council cuts are still to come, with more than £900m of reductions set to be made next year affecting children's services, early years, and youth services, the organisation representing county councils has warned.

The Department for Education has dropped a target to review applications for support for adopted children within five days due to a high volume of applications.

Ofsted warns of lack of stability at 'inadequate' council

By Neil Puffett |

18 September 2018

Inspectors have raised concerns about the pace of improvement at a children's services department previously rated "inadequate" by Ofsted, warning that workforce instability is continuing to cause problems.

Councils where children's services standards are deemed to be "inadequate" are to receive shorter, less intense re-inspections, Ofsted has announced.

Generation of young carers 'neglected by society'

By Joe Lepper |

14 September 2018

A charity has accused the government of failing to support too many young people with caring responsibilities after it emerged that there could be as many as 800,000 young carers in England.

Ofsted calls for action on assessments at 'inadequate' council

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

13 September 2018

A London borough has failed to assess more than half of children in its care, some "for a number of years", Ofsted inspectors have warned.

Care applications fall 5.7 per cent over two years

By Neil Puffett |

13 September 2018

The number of applications for children to be taken into care is continuing to fall, official statistics show.

Gypsy children suffering racism in schools, MPs told

By Joe Lepper |

13 September 2018

Racism in school is a major factor in the low attendance rates of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, experts have told MPs.

Educational psychologists demand UK-wide smacking ban

By Neil Puffett |

12 September 2018

Smacking is harmful to children's mental health and a UK-wide ban should be introduced, the organisation representing educational psychologists, has said.