Adoption agency closes amid 'reforms disruption'

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

08 April 2019

A once "outstanding" adoption agency has closed - citing the government's adoption reform programme among reasons for its demise.

"Pioneering" government plans for protecting children online, including with a new regulator, have been announced today.

A locally-developed digital solution for recording child deaths has been adopted nationally, with hopes that it will help prevent deaths in the future.

Long-awaited early years apprenticeship launches

By Joe Lepper |

05 April 2019

A long-awaited Level 3 apprenticeship standard for the early years sector is ready for launch after five years of development and testing.

Newham Council has been fined £145,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after its youth offending team (YOT) shared sensitive personal details about alleged gang members.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children are caught in a "perfect storm of poor outcomes", according to a parliamentary report that criticises councils, schools and government for failing to effectively support them.

A new online matching tool which could help outreach workers identify young people missing in London, has received a £62,000 boost.

MPs call for cabinet minister for youth policy

By Joanne Parkes |

04 April 2019

A cabinet minister should be given responsibility for youth services as part of urgent moves to strengthen the sector nationally, according to a cross-party report by MPs.

DfE faces legal action over pupil isolation booths

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

04 April 2019

Two families have threatened the Department for Education with legal action over what they claim is unclear guidance on the use of pupil isolation - after their children with SEN were held for long periods.

Lower voting age to 16, urge MPs

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

03 April 2019

Politicians must unite in lowering the voting age to 16 in England, according to a cross-party group of MPs.