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Councils need to have a greater role in education to help schools improve and be more inclusive, according to the new president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services.

Up to 6,000 children are being schooled in suspected illegal settings across England, according to data gathered for the first time by Ofsted.

A youth charter aiming to strengthen and co-ordinate national policy is to be developed with young people, the minister for civil society has announced.

Attainment gap widens for children in care

By Joe Lepper |

11 April 2019

Looked-after children's GCSE grades fell last year as the education gap with their secondary school peers worsened, according to government statistics.

The veteran MP Frank Field has delivered a stinging rebuke to the government over its "dismissive and disrespectful" response to concerns over universal credit-related childcare payment problems.

The chair of the parliamentary education committee is urging the government to hand councils extra powers to scrutinise school exclusions.

Care applications hit three-year low

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

10 April 2019

The number of children's care applications made by councils to family courts has hit a three-year low, falling five per cent year-on-year.

Feltham YOI violence renews calls for closure

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

10 April 2019

Children's rights campaigners have called for the closure of Feltham Young Offenders institution (YOI) after 20 members of staff were attacked.

More than a third of local areas are cutting spending on early help for children and young people with mental health problems, according to analysis by the children's commissioner for England.

Children's services directors have criticised Ofsted's schools inspections reforms for not going far enough to tackle "off rolling", where schools seek to remove challenging pupils from their register.