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.

The amount spent per school pupil in England has dropped by eight per cent since 2009/10, research has found.

Trials of the controversial new test for reception-age children are to get under way in September, the organisation developing the checks has confirmed.

Several youth offending teams (YOTs) have linked up with a university to help improve their work with young people, including developing psychological techniques to help them stop offending.