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Children's services in Leeds has been praised by Ofsted for delivering on its commitment to become a 'child-friendly city'.

Persistent problems with management oversight at Haringey Council have been cited as contributing to children's services being rated 'requires improvement' by Ofsted.

Six examples of good practice in care leaver support

By Joe Lepper |

14 December 2018

A year after being appointed, the government's national implementation adviser for care leavers has published his first annual report looking at the quality of support across England.

A council has been criticised by the Local Government Ombudsman for failing to consider alternative education for a child suffering from anxiety and "school phobia".

Google to fund charities to tackle youth violence

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

12 December 2018

Internet giant Google will provide grants totalling £600,000 to charities and community organisations as part of efforts to tackle violent crime, it has been announced.

The UK's first "Child House" for child victims of sexual abuse has been opened as part of efforts to improve support and speed up prosecutions.

Local authority children's services departments and schools must increase their focus on educational outcomes of looked-after children, the government has said.

Nine councils are to share £4.5m in government funding to support children of alcoholics and dependent drinkers, the government has announced.

Spending on children's centres falls by £110m

By Joe Lepper |

06 December 2018

Spending on children's centres has fallen by £110m over the last financial year, a drop of more than 14 per cent, government figures have revealed.

One million children aged 10 and under are set to miss out on basics such as warm clothing and fresh food over the coming month and face a "Dickensian" Christmas, a charity has warned.