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Funding for speech and language support for children under the age of five varies widely across England, with a quarter of areas spending just 58p or less per child, according to new research.

Claims by the children's minister that vulnerable children are not losing out following the closure of the statutory adoption register have been rejected by the charity that ran it.

Lincolnshire County Council has rejected claims that it has devalued health visitor responsibilities - ahead of the result a union ballot on strike action.

Secure children's home placements plummet

By Nina Jacobs |

07 June 2019

The number of children placed in secure children's homes has fallen to its lowest ever level, thanks to a significant reduction in youth justice placements, new figures show.

A call for evidence on the children's homes workforce has today (Thursday) been launched by the Department for Education.

Compensation claims against councils that fail to protect vulnerable children from harm could be brought after a landmark judgment ruled councils are legally accountable for their care.

Children's services consultancy Morning Lane closes

By Joanne Parkes |

06 June 2019

A company that received millions of pounds in Department for Education funding and was at the centre of a controversy over links with the chief children's social worker has been wound up.

London's first regional adoption agency (RAA) launched this week, as the latest data shows a 27 per cent year-on-year drop in the number of approved adopters in the capital.

Northamptonshire's child protection agencies did not collaborate to share safeguarding information on two children prior to their murders, two serious case reviews have found.

Children's rights campaigners are calling for a review of the care system, which they claim puts young people at risk of harm in unregulated settings.