The number of children being identified as potential victims of modern slavery has increased by more than 800 per cent in the past five years, it has emerged, with the rise linked to the growing issue of so-called county lines gangs.

A review into sudden unexpected infant death in families where the children are considered at risk of harm will be conducted by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review, it has been announced.

Early years inequality gap grows

By Joe Lepper |

17 October 2019

Early years development has continued to improve, but the gap between the lowest achievers and their peers is still growing, government figures show.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey is the latest senior political figure to support health visitors in their pay dispute with Lincolnshire County Council.

The government's free school programme is failing to cater for pupils in areas that are blighted by poor education, according to a think-tank's report.

Parents of school children with complex needs are home educating their children as a "last resort" rather than through informed choice, new research by Ofsted shows.

The quality of children's services at the three London councils involved in the collapsed tri-borough arrangement are continuing to perform well after the split, according to inspectors.

The adoption sector has cautiously welcomed an eight-month extension to the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

Charity launches legal action over NCS dispute

By Nina Jacobs |

15 October 2019

The trust that runs the National Citizen Service (NCS) is being sued for £22m by its former largest provider for breach of contract and loss of earnings.

The chief inspector of probation has called for national guidance to ensure young people involved in low-level offending are given consistent support.