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MPs seek to improve support for kinship carers

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

05 December 2018

A cross-party taskforce of MPs and peers has been established to push for a universal offer of support for kinship carers.

More children in care are to be offered places at boarding schools as part of a new government drive, the Department for Education has announced.

Cuts to children's services budgets for family support and youth work represent a "false economy", simply leading to greater pressure on safeguarding provision, Ofsted has warned.

Child neglect offences double since 2012

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

04 December 2018

Police dealt with more than twice the number of child cruelty and neglect reports in the UK last year compared with five years ago, the NSPCC has found.

Out-of-school settings will be asked to abide by a voluntary code of practice as part of government plans to improve safeguarding of children.

The Department for Education has appointed a children's commissioner to review children's services at Northamptonshire, amid plans to scrap the county council and create two new local authorities.

The number of children believed to have been victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) or at risk of it has more than doubled over the last year, government figures have revealed.

Reducing local levels of poverty and providing good-quality children's services are central to lowering the number of children being taken into care, a study has found.

Systematic failures among support agencies in Somerset led three children to suffer 15 years of chronic neglect and sexual abuse, a serious case review (SCR) has concluded.

The government is urging councils, the police and courts across England to sign up to an agreement aimed at reducing the unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children and care leavers.