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Health visitors warn of 'child tragedy' fears as caseloads rise

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 December 2018

More than four in every 10 health visitors in England feel so stretched they "fear a tragedy" at some point, research has found.

One million children aged 10 and under are set to miss out on basics such as warm clothing and fresh food over the coming month and face a "Dickensian" Christmas, a charity has warned.

MPs seek to improve support for kinship carers

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

05 December 2018

A cross-party taskforce of MPs and peers has been established to push for a universal offer of support for kinship carers.

More children in care are to be offered places at boarding schools as part of a new government drive, the Department for Education has announced.

Inspectors praise 'outstanding' youth offending team

By Neil Puffett |

05 December 2018

A council's youth offending team has been rated "outstanding" following an inspection.

Cuts to children's services budgets for family support and youth work represent a "false economy", simply leading to greater pressure on safeguarding provision, Ofsted has warned.

Thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are not getting the support they need despite government attempts to improve the system, Ofsted's chief inspector has warned.

Child neglect offences double since 2012

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

04 December 2018

Police dealt with more than twice the number of child cruelty and neglect reports in the UK last year compared with five years ago, the NSPCC has found.

Out-of-school settings will be asked to abide by a voluntary code of practice as part of government plans to improve safeguarding of children.

The number of people training to be an early years teacher has fallen by more than a third in the space of 12 months, government figures have revealed.