Warning over sugar content of yoghurt; survey highlights childrens' air pollution fears; and moves to prevent developmental problems in babies linked to epilepsy drug welcomed, all in the news today.

Doubts over future of DfE's £20m social care research centre

By Neil Puffett and Tristan Donovan |

24 April 2018

The future of a delayed initiative to improve the quality of children's social care is in doubt, as there is no guarantee of ongoing government funding, documents reveal.

Foodbank use among disadvantaged families has increased significantly over the last year, according to a charity's figures.

Young people living in children's homes in England have been reported missing more than 50,000 times in the last three years - with the missing rate for individual children currently averaging nearly five times a year, it has emerged.

Government to boost support for children of alcoholics

By Tristan Donovan |

23 April 2018

The government is to invest £5.5m into efforts to improve the lives of an estimated 200,000 children in England who live with alcoholic parents.

All local authorities will be required to provide a minimum level of youth services under plans being considered by Labour.

Single parents and families on low incomes gain the least under the government's 30 hours and tax-free childcare initiatives, a charity has claimed.

The government must raise the status of early years teachers to prevent a brain drain from the sector, according to the educators' union Voice and the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (Pacey).

Crime prevention initiative set for expansion

By Joe Lepper |

20 April 2018

A pilot programme that works with young offenders as soon as they are taken into police custody in a bid to help divert them from crime and find work is to be expanded.

Government must broaden the scope of its workforce development plans for the children's sector if local authorities are to be able to deal with ongoing financial constraints, the new president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services has said.