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Youth charity launches wellbeing drive

By Neil Puffett |

13 April 2018

A youth charity has launched a four-year strategy to improve children's wellbeing.

Eligibility for 30 hours childcare passes 375,000 mark

By Tristan Donovan |

13 April 2018

The number of parents potentially eligible for 30 hours of free childcare has risen to more than 375,000 for the final term of 2017/18, government figures show.

Care application levels plateau after years of rises

By Tristan Donovan |

12 April 2018

The number of applications being made to the courts for children to be taken into care has fallen slightly following years of rises, according to data released by Cafcass.

Ofsted has criticised a council for the "unacceptable" use of screening visits by social workers to families prior to making a referral decision.

Cuts to special education needs and disabilities (SEND) support in schools are worsening, leaving children at greater risk of being permanently excluded, a teaching union has warned.

Government plans to tackle serious violence do not do enough to help councils develop local responses to the issue, the Association of Directors of Children's Services has warned.

The government is to consider whether children who are home-schooled should be formally registered and the quality of their education officially monitored, amid concerns that local authorities are struggling to keep track of them.

Effective use of children's centres to offer early support to vulnerable families is helping an "inadequate" council turn around its performance, Ofsted has found.

A programme bringing Jobcentre Plus advisers into schools is making a positive difference to young people but will need additional funding if it is to meet demand, an evaluation has found.

A shortage of children's social workers is leading to "unacceptably high caseloads" in some parts of Cambridgeshire and undermining efforts to protect children.