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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.

All four members of the board of the Social Mobility Commission have quit in protest at a lack of support from government.

Every local authority should develop its own strategy for improving life chances for disadvantaged children in order to tackle widening gaps in social mobility across the country.

Asylum-seeking children funding rates set for review

By Neil Puffett |

01 November 2017

The amount of money councils receive from central government to cover the cost of looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children will be reviewed, it has been announced.

Inflation and the current benefits freeze are widening the gap between what families with children have and what they need to cover the basic costs of living, a Child Poverty Action Group study has claimed.

Analysis projects rise in 'homeless' families

By Nina Jacobs |

11 August 2017

There are 50,000 children living in 'homeless' households, with numbers projected to rise by a quarter over the next decade unless the government tackles the problem, analysis reveals.

The government has pledged to engage with youth groups and said that their voice will be heard in its negotiations on the UK leaving the European Union.

The current state of youth custody is so dangerous that tragedy is "inevitable" unless urgent action is taken, the chief inspector of prisons has warned.

The children's commissioner for England has called on EU negotiators to take a more constructive approach to the residency status of hundreds of thousands of children born to EU nationals but living in England, and the thousands of UK-born children living in other EU countries.

The government does not know how many children are vulnerable and agencies cannot agree on how to define and identify them, children's commissioner for England Anne Longfield has warned.