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Fund play materials for social workers, campaigners urge

By Joanne Parkes |

25 February 2019

Local authorities are being urged to fund play materials to help social workers build better relationships with children, after research found some staff are buying toys with their own money.

Compulsory FGM education to be introduced

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

25 February 2019

The dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM) will be taught to all secondary school pupils, the Department for Education has announced.

The NSPCC has launched new guidance on harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) to help children's health professionals to identify risk.

Judicial review launched over DfE 'myth busting' guide

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

20 February 2019

A charity has launched High Court proceedings against the Department for Education over claims a guide for local authorities "removes important statutory safeguards" for children.

High caseloads cost council its 'good' Ofsted rating

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

19 February 2019

A council's children's social care services have been downgraded from an Ofsted overall "good" to "requires improvement" after inspectors found numbers of caseloads continued to be too high.

NHS failing to meet SEND support costs, say MPs

By Joe Lepper |

15 February 2019

Councils are spending hundreds of millions of pounds a year on providing basic support such as wheelchairs and therapy for children with special needs which should be paid for by the health service, MPs have warned.

A unit working to prevent children from being taken into care by supporting their substance-misusing parents, is to reopen after a group of private backers agreed funding.

One in four councils plan children's services cuts

By Joe Lepper |

14 February 2019

Around a quarter of councils are planning cuts in children's care services this year as they struggle to cope with austerity and rising demand, a survey has found.

Deaf children are falling a whole grade behind their hearing classmates, prompting a charity to warn of a "lost generation".

An MP is pushing for changes in the law to allow tougher sentencing in child cruelty cases.