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The foster parents of a teenager jailed for life for the Parsons Green tube train bombing are suing a council for negligence, claiming they were not told about his terrorist past.

Medway children's services significantly improve

By Joanne Parkes |

07 March 2019

Children's services in Medway have significantly improved after an inspection report warned last year that some children were being left in situations of unassessed risk.

Language guide challenges care system jargon

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 March 2019

"What are peers?", "What are neets?" and "Why do social workers call my home a placement?" are among the questions flagged by young people who helped produce a new publication that challenges jargon used in the care system.

Children affected by domestic abuse should be given priority for health support and school places, according to a report into the personal and financial cost of their experience.

Study to examine poor outcomes of care leavers

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

04 March 2019

Understanding why unemployment and poor education affects so many young people after leaving care is to be the subject of a major study.

Children's services in Slough - run by an independent trust since 2015 - has improved its Ofsted rating having spent seven years as "inadequate".

Vulnerable young people at risk of violence and exploitation in the London borough of Croydon have been let down by a lack of early help from social care, schools and other support agencies, a review has found.

Child gang activity should be made a national safeguarding priority to help councils face up the scale of the problem, the children's commissioner for England has warned.

Charity urges providers to commit to Foster Carers' Charter

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

27 February 2019

A fostering charity is urging providers to sign up to a new charter to improve services for foster carers and the children and young people they care for.

Funding for children's services in England has fallen by a third in the past eight years, research by a group of leading charities has found.