MPs to probe success of government SEND reforms

By Neil Puffett |

19 April 2018

An influential group of MPs will investigate whether government reforms of the system of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have been a success, it has been announced.

Small childcare providers are struggling to make ends meet, with some considering closing their doors for good, due to a shortfall in government funding for the 30 hours free childcare scheme in England, a report has found.

The government has agreed to hand a council a £2.9m grant towards the cost of setting up a trust to run its children's services, two years after it was rated "inadequate" by Ofsted.

The government has rejected concerns from MPs that the move to paying benefits to a single recipient in the household rather than separately will exacerbate domestic abuse cases.

Action for Children appoints new chief executive

By Neil Puffett |

18 April 2018

The current chief executive of Girlguiding will become the new chief executive of Action for Children later this year, it has been announced.

The National Citizen Service is proving more successful than traditional youth organisations such as the Scouts and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at attracting disadvantaged young people, according to a House of Lords report.

The increasing use of video links for court cases involving children could be affecting the chances of them getting a fair trial and should be urgently reviewed, children's charities and youth justice campaigners have said.

Ofsted closes six more unregistered schools

By Joe Lepper |

17 April 2018

A further six suspected illegal schools have been closed down by Ofsted in the space of a month.

Children and parents will be seen by health visitors at least eight times before their fourth birthday as part of an early intervention initiative designed to improve outcomes for children.

Early intervention initiative set to expand

By Tristan Donovan |

16 April 2018

A national task force is to expand its efforts to help local authorities, charities and funders intervene early to avoid children and young people experiencing a range of social problems.