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.

Council unveils plans to close 21 children's centres

By Megan Agnew |

11 January 2018

More than half of Leicestershire's children's centres have been earmarked for closure as part of efforts to save £3.8m, placing around 65 jobs at risk.

Profile: New children's minister Nadhim Zahawi

By Tristan Donovan |

11 January 2018

A former child refugee who became a successful businessman, Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed children's minister in Theresa May's reshuffle.

Nadhim Zahawi will take on Robert Goodwill's brief as children's minister following the government reshuffle, it has emerged.

Girls are more than twice as likely to experience emotional problems as boys, according to the initial findings of a £56m programme aimed at improving mental health support for young people.

The risk posed to children by offenders are not always properly assessed by probation services in London, an inspection has found.