Save the Children has called on government to simplify the childcare system, claiming that many families are being tipped into hardship because current arrangements are a "nightmare to navigate" and prevent mothers from working.

Public sector cuts and "piecemeal" government policies are harming the health of children in England, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has warned.

Education Secretary calls for resilience focus from schools; Lego chief warns of dangers of too much classroom time for children; and research finds that Donald Trump is among children's top anxieties, all in the news today.

YoungMinds chief executive Sarah Brennan to step down

By Neil Puffett |

23 January 2018

The chief executive of YoungMinds Sarah Brennan will step down from her role in May, it has been announced.

The Institute for Youth Work (IYW) has outlined plans to get youth work onto a "statutory footing" as part of its new five-year strategy.

The government has been accused of "undermining" children's centres amid claims that nearly 1,000 establishments across England have not been inspected as a result of a temporary suspension first announced in 2015.

Charity keen to expand hospital youth work initiative to rural towns; youth club calls for funding support to stay open; and council agrees £6,000 grant funding for young people's groups, all in the news this week.

The NSPCC has asked government to provide additional funding so it can offer round-the-clock counselling for children and young people with mental health issues after reporting record levels of demand for its support service Childline.

Charity in talks to establish 12 more youth zones

By Joe Lepper |

19 January 2018

Talks are in progress over the development of up to 12 more youth zones across the country, potentially taking the total number to 26, it has emerged.

Standards at an independent trust set up to improve the quality of children's services provision in Doncaster have been rated "good" following a re-inspection by Ofsted, just two years after receiving the lowest rating.