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Educational psychologists demand UK-wide smacking ban

By Neil Puffett |

12 September 2018

Smacking is harmful to children's mental health and a UK-wide ban should be introduced, the organisation representing educational psychologists, has said.

Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has rejected claims that a controversial "myth buster" document issued by the Department for Education encourages councils to renege on statutory child protection obligations, arguing that it simply supports councils to focus on helping the most vulnerable families.

Healthy diet unaffordable for 3.7 million children, study finds

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

05 September 2018

As many as 3.7 million children in the UK are in families that cannot afford to follow healthy diet guidance published by government, research has found.

Around 365,000 children experienced destitution at some point last year due to lacking a number of the basic daily living essentials such as shelter, food, heating, lighting, clothing or basic toiletries, a study has found.

Around 40 per cent of councils across England have not signed up to a voluntary scheme to take child refugees from other areas, amid concerns that central government is not providing enough funding to cover the true cost, a report has revealed.

Child poverty hits highest level in decade

By Tristan Donovan |

22 March 2018

The number of children living in relative poverty has risen for the third year running, taking it to its highest level in a decade, government figures show.

The government has dismissed calls from an influential group of MPs for an urgent review of the youth criminal records system to take place.

Timpson takes up children's commissioner advisory role

By Neil Puffett |

31 January 2018

Former Department for Education minister Edward Timpson has been appointed to advise children's commissioner for England Anne Longfield and could be in line for a future government role, it has emerged.

Damian Hinds announces education drive for disadvantaged areas

By Neil Puffett and Megan Agnew |

19 January 2018

New Education Secretary unveils plans to drive up standards by supporting underperforming schools and increase opportunities in areas most in need.

Schools 'failing young carers', claims Barnardo's

By Neil Puffett |

06 December 2017

Children's charity Barnardo's has claimed schools are failing young people who care for sick or disabled family members.