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Two disability campaigners who conducted reviews of special educational needs (SEN) provision have criticised the progress of government efforts to improve the system.

A council has been rated "outstanding" for the support it provides children in care, with children's services overall receiving a "good" rating.

Ofsted has praised improvements to the quality of "front door" social work in Liverpool, following an inspection of children's services, although provision overall has been rated as "requires improvement".

SEND school exclusion practice faces legal challenge

By Tristan Donovan |

03 July 2018

A legal bid to give more protection from exclusion to autistic schoolchildren whose condition is linked to physical aggression got under way today.

The government is to change regulations so that people who live with serious offenders can get a childcare job in nurseries and schools, amid concerns the current system is unfair.

Less than £1 of every £100 saved by local authorities through shared provision is accrued from children's services, statistics show.

Training professionals with virtual reality technology can help them to be better at spotting signs of child abuse, academics have found.

Local authority spending on children's services is rising at a faster rate than any other council services area, with expenditure this year expected to increase by £542m, government figures show.

Members of staff at Cafcass are being offered sessions on how to decrease stress and anxiety through meditation in order to promote mental wellbeing against a backdrop of increasing demand.

A number of interventions commonly used to improve the wellbeing of expectant parents and newborns lack evidence of their effectiveness, a study has concluded.