Councils will have access to £1.5bn extra for social care from next year, the Chancellor has announced in today's Spending Round, but he provided no detail on cash for children's services.

A council that schooled an autistic boy at an unregistered community farm has been ordered to pay £5,300 towards his education and for the distress and injustice caused to him and his family.

A marked increase in the number of children dying by suicide has prompted campaigners to call for urgent action to address a "crisis" in young people's mental health support.

The impact that poverty can have on children's ability to learn and succeed at school has been revealed by latest research.

Parents and campaigners have delivered a petition to the Department for Education calling for an end to what they call the "funding crisis" in deaf education and more money to be directed to providing specialist support teachers.

Cautious welcome for £700m SEND boost

By Dan Parton |

02 September 2019

The government's announcement of an extra £700m for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has been cautiously welcomed by councils and charities.

Improving children's experience of the family courts is being put centre stage at Cafcass as new chief executive Jacky Tiotto takes over today. 

Families are still not getting enough support for special educational needs and disabilities, according to a damning sector statement published to mark five years since the SEND reforms.

The government must do more to provide young people with early help for mental health, according to a charity which found that two thirds are being left struggling to manage their needs by themselves.

YMCA fundraises for £2m community hub

By Joanne Parkes |

29 August 2019

Plans for a £2m family-focused community hub have been revealed by YMCA Norfolk.