A parent has told MPs he intends to take legal action over the detention of his autistic teenage daughter, claiming she is being held in "shocking and inhumane conditions" at an NHS-funded secure unit.

A council has been criticised by the Local Government Ombudsman for failing to consider alternative education for a child suffering from anxiety and "school phobia".

Google to fund charities to tackle youth violence

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

12 December 2018

Internet giant Google will provide grants totalling £600,000 to charities and community organisations as part of efforts to tackle violent crime, it has been announced.

Youth counselling services run by charities provide valuable support for young people who "fall through the gaps" of formal mental health services provision, a study has found, prompting calls for greater government investment in provision.

The UK's first "Child House" for child victims of sexual abuse has been opened as part of efforts to improve support and speed up prosecutions.

Serious violence: £200m fund opens to youth projects

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

10 December 2018

A £200m government fund to tackle rising levels of serious youth violence by supporting projects that help vulnerable children aged between 10 and 14, has opened to bids.

Local authority children's services departments and schools must increase their focus on educational outcomes of looked-after children, the government has said.

Nine councils are to share £4.5m in government funding to support children of alcoholics and dependent drinkers, the government has announced.

Children with mental health problems will no longer face the prospect of being detained on the say-so of their parents, under changes proposed following an inquiry into current legislation.

Spending on children's centres falls by £110m

By Joe Lepper |

06 December 2018

Spending on children's centres has fallen by £110m over the last financial year, a drop of more than 14 per cent, government figures have revealed.