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The government must develop a specific strategy for children affected by domestic abuse, give them "protected" status on waiting lists for mental health services, and impose new legal duties on local authorities to protect them, an influential group of MPs has said.

Services and support that vulnerable children and young people rely on are "at breaking point", with the government "ignoring them" in its spending plans, a group of more than 120 organisations in the sector have warned.

Local authorities will be able to bid for funding from a £5m government fund to boost the work their Troubled Families teams do with young people involved with gangs and serious youth violence, it has been announced.

Charities working with children and vulnerable people will be subject to tougher safeguarding requirements as part of government efforts to protect them from harm.

The government has appointed Youth Justice Board (YJB) chair Charlie Taylor to lead a review into the use of pain-inducing restraint on young offenders.

Youth organisations are to receive a share of £5.3m in government funding to run projects that counter extremist views and encourage tolerance among communities.

The proportion of children achieving a "good" level of development by the time they are five has increased for the fifth year in a row, government figures show.

The government is to look at incentivising schools to be more inclusive, in response to a critical report from MPs into the increasing number of children being excluded and placed in alternative provision.

A third of secondary school pupils are suffering from mental health problems, a survey by Action for Children has found.

The number of statutory duties that councils have in relation to children's services has risen by nearly 100 under the Conservative government, it has emerged.