The Institute for Youth Work (IYW) has outlined plans to get youth work onto a "statutory footing" as part of its new five-year strategy.

The government has been accused of "undermining" children's centres amid claims that nearly 1,000 establishments across England have not been inspected as a result of a temporary suspension first announced in 2015.

Charity keen to expand hospital youth work initiative to rural towns; youth club calls for funding support to stay open; and council agrees £6,000 grant funding for young people's groups, all in the news this week.

Research finds four per cent of adults have accessed child abuse images online; concerns raised over approach of schools to young people questioning their gender; and foster carer struck off register over welfare concerns, all in the news today.

The NSPCC has asked government to provide additional funding so it can offer round-the-clock counselling for children and young people with mental health issues after reporting record levels of demand for its support service Childline.

Charity in talks to establish 12 more youth zones

By Joe Lepper |

19 January 2018

Talks are in progress over the development of up to 12 more youth zones across the country, potentially taking the total number to 26, it has emerged.

Standards at an independent trust set up to improve the quality of children's services provision in Doncaster have been rated "good" following a re-inspection by Ofsted, just two years after receiving the lowest rating.

Damian Hinds announces education drive for disadvantaged areas

By Neil Puffett and Megan Agnew |

19 January 2018

New Education Secretary unveils plans to drive up standards by supporting underperforming schools and increase opportunities in areas most in need.

Action for Children's Sir Tony Hawkhead resigns

By Megan Agnew |

18 January 2018

Sir Tony Hawkhead will step down as chief executive of charity Action for Children next month after nearly four years in post, CYP Now can reveal.

More than a third of early years providers offering 30 hours "free" childcare have had to introduce charges for parents to make the flagship scheme financially viable, a new survey has found.