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.

Labour pledges to boost health visitor numbers

By Neil Puffett |

18 October 2018

Labour will ensure there are more health visitors recruited across England if it wins the next general election, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said.

National child death database to launch next year

By Nina Jacobs |

17 October 2018

A new national database recording all child deaths is to launch in April next year in a bid to improve information sharing which will help prevent future deaths, the government has announced.

Extend mandatory role of health visitors, urges children's commissioner

By Neil Puffett and Joe Lepper |

16 October 2018

The role of health visitors should be extended so that struggling families receive more than the current statutory minimum of five health checks, children's commissioner for England Anne Longfield has said.

A social enterprise responsible for children's services across three local authority areas has received funding to develop innovative new approaches to careers advice for children with special educational needs (SEN), it has been announced.

Children will start receiving mental health assessments when they enter the care system from June 2019 as part of a delayed pilot project, it has emerged.