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Black pupils are more likely to be identified as having special educational needs, a study has found.

NHS failing to meet SEND support costs, say MPs

By Joe Lepper |

15 February 2019

Councils are spending hundreds of millions of pounds a year on providing basic support such as wheelchairs and therapy for children with special needs which should be paid for by the health service, MPs have warned.

Home Office-backed youth advocates to take on knife crime

By Joanne Parkes |

14 February 2019

Community leaders including sports coaches and youth workers are to be offered specialist training to have "safe conversations" with young people, aimed at combating knife crime.

A unit working to prevent children from being taken into care by supporting their substance-misusing parents, is to reopen after a group of private backers agreed funding.

Fire cadets receive £1.1m from London mayor

By Joe Lepper |

14 February 2019

London mayor Sadiq Khan is ploughing £1.1m into an expansion of fire cadet units across the capital.

One in four councils plan children's services cuts

By Joe Lepper |

14 February 2019

Around a quarter of councils are planning cuts in children's care services this year as they struggle to cope with austerity and rising demand, a survey has found.

Deaf children are falling a whole grade behind their hearing classmates, prompting a charity to warn of a "lost generation".

Initiative aims to tackle stress in early years workforce

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

13 February 2019

Early years providers are urged to take part in a government-backed initiative which aims to cut stressors that are "taking their toll" on the workforce.

An MP is pushing for changes in the law to allow tougher sentencing in child cruelty cases.

Disadvantaged young people, including those with disabilities, will be hardest hit if post-Brexit funding is not secured for the Erasmus+ programme, peers are warning.