Staff in children's homes should be required to register with an independent body that oversees standards within the profession, the interim report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has recommended.

Government yet to replace Social Mobility Commission; newspaper criticised for coverage of five-year-old Christian girl placed with Muslim foster carers; and advert banned for potentially encouraging children to eat money, all in the news today.

A number of leaders from the youth sector have been appointed to sit on a government taskforce designed to address serious violence, it has been announced.

A Court of Appeal judge is to replace Sir James Munby as England and Wales's most senior family court judge, the government has announced.

Doubts over future of DfE's £20m social care research centre

By Neil Puffett and Tristan Donovan |

24 April 2018

The future of a delayed initiative to improve the quality of children's social care is in doubt, as there is no guarantee of ongoing government funding, documents reveal.

Foodbank use among disadvantaged families has increased significantly over the last year, according to a charity's figures.

Young people living in children's homes in England have been reported missing more than 50,000 times in the last three years - with the missing rate for individual children currently averaging nearly five times a year, it has emerged.

Government to boost support for children of alcoholics

By Tristan Donovan |

23 April 2018

The government is to invest £5.5m into efforts to improve the lives of an estimated 200,000 children in England who live with alcoholic parents.

All local authorities will be required to provide a minimum level of youth services under plans being considered by Labour.

Single parents and families on low incomes gain the least under the government's 30 hours and tax-free childcare initiatives, a charity has claimed.