Youth mental health charities announce merger

By Megan Agnew |

16 January 2018

Two mental health charities for young people have announced they have merged in a bid to offer more diverse mental health support for young people, staff and teachers in schools.

Agencies in Stockton-on-Tees have been praised for their "strong commitment" to tackling neglect, and a "learning culture that supports continuous improvement", following a multi-agency inspection.

Five London boroughs have joined forces to launch a therapeutic care programme funded with a £4.5m social impact bond, in a bid to keeping more than 350 vulnerable young people out of care.

Education Secretary set to scrap faith school quotas; coroner rules that girl who died five years ago was sexually abused by her father prior to suffocating; and government's tax free childcare initiative launches to under-nines, all in the news today.

Nearly 60,000 eligibility codes for the second term of the government's 30 hours free childcare initiative have yet to be validated, government figures show.

A council has been praised by Ofsted for improvements to its support for care leavers, two years after its children's services were rated as "inadequate".

Youth work roundup: Youth safety taskforce, sport, and charity closure

By Neil Puffett and Megan Agnew |

15 January 2018

Sir Kier Starmer to lead youth safety taskforce in London borough; more than £600,000 handed to youth sports engagement programme, and council pledges to continue providing same range of youth activities following change in building ownership, all in the news.

Youth service organisations will be among groups eligible to apply for a share of a £1.7m fund that has been launched to support public service mutuals.

Children could be left in circumstances of risk unless the government acts to plug an estimated £2bn funding gap, councils have warned.

Government plans to overhaul local child safeguarding arrangements risk being compromised by a failure to involve schools, council leaders have warned.