A national network of youth integration champions is to be established as part of government efforts to give young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to join national youth groups, it has been announced.

A council has been rated "inadequate" for children's services for the first time under Ofsted's new inspection framework, three months after a spot check on provision flagged up concerns about children being left at risk.

Local authorities must regularly check how money handed to private children's homes providers is spent, in order to ensure they are prioritising the welfare of vulnerable children over profit.

Health and social care services for disabled children are being undermined by a £1.5bn annual funding shortfall, a coalition of charities has claimed.

Family drug and alcohol courts (FDACs) across England will be left to "wither on the vine" if a national support unit is forced to close due to a lack of funding, a professional association for social workers has warned.

A joint police and council early help initiative that supports children, young people and families at risk of getting involved in crime looks set to be scaled back due to funding cuts.

A group of MPs have criticised Education Secretary Damian Hinds' "unwise" decision to become personally involved in the appointment of the new chair of the Social Mobility Commission.

The government has allowed a council to retain control of its "inadequate" children services but has insisted it receives support from a nearby local authority.

Legal aid for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is to be reinstated, five years after their access to the fund was restricted.

Young people receiving treatment for kidney disease at a south coast hospital will be able to get support from a youth worker thanks to funding from the voluntary sector.