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Extra-curricular activities, particularly music and sport, are three times more likely to be accessed by children from high-income households than their less well-off peers, a study has shown.

Public sector organisations will be legally bound to work together to tackle serious violence including knife crime under a new duty announced by the government.

Government launches review of youth work guidance

By Joanne Parkes |

10 July 2019

A review of the statutory guidance for council youth service provision has been launched by the government.

Living wage for youth support workers

By Joanne Parkes |

10 July 2019

Youth support charity Includem is now accredited as a living wage employer, it has announced.

High Court backs government use of child spies

By Dan Parton |

09 July 2019

Using children as informants in criminal investigations has been ruled as legal by the High Court.

Children as young as seven are being used to move drugs for organised gangs, according to new research from The Children's Society.  

Children's services leaders are calling on the government to deliver a coordinated and sustainably funded knife crime strategy, which puts child protection and safeguarding at the top of the agenda.

Campaigners have criticised the government's Youth Obligation Support Programme over high drop-out rates and increased risk of benefit sanctions among the country's most disadvantaged young people.

Council leaders have warned that the "piecemeal" nature of government funding is hampering their efforts to tackle youth homelessness.

Children's services leaders are warning that plans to streamline post-16 education qualifications will negatively impact young people in disadvantaged areas and those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).