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Schools need to do more to prepare pupils for the emotional pressures and demands of social media, the children's commissioner for England has said.

Child-on-parent abuse programme to expand across London

By Tristan Donovan |

04 January 2018

One of the few programmes that addresses child-on-parent violence committed by 11- to 18-year-olds is to expand across London after securing additional funding.

Social work leaders have branded government plans to overhaul local child safeguarding arrangements as "regressive and negative".

A council is to launch a £1m children's social work recruitment drive in a bid to reduce its children in care population.

Former ADCS president receives knighthood

By Joe Lepper |

02 January 2018

A government adviser who was previously president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has been knighted.

MPs are calling on the government to set up a national college for fostering to address concerns that carers feel undermined, undervalued and lack support.

A re-inspection of children's services in Manchester has found significant progress since the department was rated "inadequate" three years ago, with Ofsted handing it an improved overall judgment of "requires improvement".

Concerns have been raised about the ability of local authority children's services to meet escalating demand, after the government announced that councils' spending power is to rise by only 1.5 per cent next year, around half the level of inflation - the equivalent of a real-terms funding cut.

Free childcare to be extended to foster carers

By Joe Lepper |

20 December 2017

Foster carers are to become eligible for 30 hours free childcare, children's minister Robert Goodwill has confirmed.

Domestic violence orders reach record level

By Joe Lepper |

18 December 2017

The number of orders granted by courts to protect families affected by domestic violence have reached a record high, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures show.