Children

Children ‘responded with resilience’ to lockdown, study says

12/10/2020

Young people have faced a number of mental health challenges during the lockdown but overall they have reported relatively stable levels of happiness, according to the Government’s second State of the Nation report.

Parents call on councils to improve school air quality

15/09/2020

Parents call on councils to improve air quality as research suggests 50% reduction in pollution could halve number of children?with?poor lung function.

Thousands of families face ‘bleakest’ winter, charity warns

14/09/2020

A new report from a children’s charity has warned of a ‘bleak’ winter with thousands of families set to be plunged into financial crisis.

Watchdog warns progress on childhood obesity is 'slow'

09/09/2020

Government efforts to tackle childhood obesity have been slow and uncoordinated, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Psychiatrists call for suspension of fines for children who can’t attend school

26/08/2020

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has called for the suspension of fines for children who can't attend school due to Covid-related anxiety.

Low-income families ‘struggling’ under lockdown

25/08/2020

Coronavirus has left low-income families struggling with a significant deterioration in living standards and high stress levels, child poverty charity finds.

Government announces £9m ‘catch up’ funding for early years pupils

24/08/2020

Schools urged to sign up to ‘catch up’ programme aimed at raising speaking and language outcomes among pupils whose education has been disrupted by Covid-19.

Council chiefs warn of ‘surge’ of post-lockdown dental treatments

24/08/2020

Local authority leaders have warned of a potential post-coronavirus surge of dental treatments following the lifting of lockdown.

Government tells councils to ‘do their bit’ for child asylum seekers

21/08/2020

The Home Office has called on local authorities to do more to support vulnerable children seeking asylum in the UK.

Kent reaches capacity to safely care for migrant children

18/08/2020

Kent County Council has warned it has reached its capacity to safely care for any more unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Framework for referring child victims of trafficking 'not working' warns commissioner

12/08/2020

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for identifying child victims of trafficking is 'not working', the anti-slavery commissioner has warned.

Pandemic leaves one in five teenagers unhappy with their lives

30/07/2020

More than a million teenagers are unhappy with their lives, according to new research looking at the impact lockdown has had on well-being.

How poetry can inspire joy and hope for children in care

20/07/2020

Muna Adam explains why she launched a create writing competition for children and young people in care.

ADCS president calls for welfare overhaul

08/07/2020

The impact of the pandemic on children’s futures must not be underestimated, the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said.

Teachers call for summer holiday offer to support children

19/06/2020

Teachers have urged the Government to fund councils to help them provide summer activities for children in preparation for a return to school in September.

‘Generation of children’ losing out due to lack of lockdown education

16/06/2020

Children who are locked down at home spend an average of 2.5 hours a day doing school work, a new study has revealed.

Multi-million pound funding to support children affected by domestic abuse

29/04/2020

Specialist services that support children affected by domestic abuse will receive £3.1m in extra funding.

Warnings that vulnerable children 'hidden from sight' during lockdown

27/04/2020

New local area profiles will help councils identify how many vulnerable children are in their area.

Playing outside helps build ‘connected communities’, research says

17/03/2020

Researchers have called on local authorities to ‘recognise and value’ the contribution of residents who organise playing out sessions for children.

Public health cuts ‘stall’ progress in children’s health

04/03/2020

Progress in children’s health and wellbeing has ‘stalled or is in reverse’ partly because of cuts to local authority budgets, study finds.

Government to ban unregulated children's homes

12/02/2020

Children aged under 16 will no longer be placed in unregulated accommodation under proposals announced by the Government.

Study finds a tenth of 14-year olds 'blighted' by poverty

12/02/2020

A tenth of 14-year olds are living in persistent poverty, analysis by the Children's Society has found.

Air pollution stopping children reaching sporting potential, report warns

11/02/2020

More than a quarter of children’s sports grounds have dangerous levels of air pollution, a new report has found.

Local agencies 'woefully ill-equipped' to stop child abuse

04/02/2020

Children are being left at risk because local agencies – including social care – are often ‘woefully ill-equipped’ to prevent and respond to child sex abuse in families, four inspectorates have warned.

New advice urges councils to ‘not shy away’ from adoption

16/01/2020

The Government has urged local authorities to prioritise adoption and ensure adoptive parents are not wrongly turned away.

Agency calls for more families to consider adoption

03/01/2020

A regional adoption agency has urged more people to consider adoption as a route to building or extending their family.

Parish councillors call for childcare support

23/12/2019

Local councillors have urged the new Government to reform rules which prevent them from being able to claim childcare costs.

Children’s home closed due to safeguarding concerns

17/12/2019

A specialist children’s home in Gloucestershire has temporarily closed because of safeguarding and safety concerns.

Council criticised for ‘Trans Inclusion Toolkit'

16/12/2019

Oxfordshire County Council has defended its guidance to schools looking to support young people who feel they are not the gender they were assigned at birth.

New figures reveal exercise inequalities

06/12/2019

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers.

A child loses their home ‘every eight minutes’, charity says

03/12/2019

The number of children without a home in Britain is at the highest it has been in 12 years, a homelessness charity has revealed.

Planning system is ‘failing’ children’s rights, says report

29/11/2019

The planning system is neglecting the rights and needs of children, a new report has warned today.

Bristol accused of 'abject failure' over SEND care plans

26/11/2019

An overhaul of services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is under way at Bristol City Council, after it failed to meet deadlines for families applying for support.

Nearly 500,000 children ‘worried’ about mental health

20/11/2019

Almost half a million children who are worried about their feelings or behaviour are not asking anyone for help, according to campaigners.

Child poverty in working households up by 800,000, TUC finds

18/11/2019

The number of children growing up in poverty in working households has shot up by 38% since 2010, according to the TUC.

Children do less exercise as they get older, research reveals

14/11/2019

Primary school children do less exercise as they get older, according to new research.

Pioneering project ‘diverts’ children from organised crime

29/10/2019

A programme diverting young people away from a life of serious organised crime is set to be rolled out to a number of cities across the UK, a children’s charity has announced.

Special educational needs reforms ‘poorly implemented’, MPs say

23/10/2019

A generation of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is being failed by the Government’s SEND reforms, MPs warn.

Whitehall urged to change gambling laws to apply to online games

22/10/2019

A new report has called on the Government to tighten gambling laws to help protect children from spending hundreds of pounds while playing online games.

Around 58,000 reception-aged children obese, data shows

11/10/2019

New figures from the NHS have revealed that obesity levels among reception-aged schoolchildren in England have increased.

Give councils the powers to restrict takeaways, obesity report says

10/10/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a proposal to strengthen planning powers to help deal with the underlying causes of obesity.

Majority of children ‘happy’, report finds

10/10/2019

The overwhelming majority of children in the UK are happy, according to an official report.

Councils voice concern over 'alarming' fall in childhood vaccination rates

27/09/2019

An 'alarming' fall in childhood vaccination rates should serve as a wake-up call to parents and authorities about the need for children to be protected against disease, local government leaders have warned.

Over 4,000 young people ‘exploited’ by County Lines gangs

20/09/2019

Figures released by the Mayor of London’s office have revealed that there are more than 4,000 young people involved in County Lines operating out of London.

Whitehall launches £30m fund to fight online ‘predators’

17/09/2019

The Government has announced a £30m fund to help tackle paedophiles operating online.

Councils accused of acting as 'recruiting sergeants' for drug gangs

17/09/2019

Lack of money and increasing demand have been blamed after an allegation that councils were unwittingly acting as 'recruiting sergeants' for drug gangs.

Council criticised after SEN child left without education for over a year

12/09/2019

Worcestershire CC complaints policy has been criticised after a boy with special educational needs was left without appropriate education for 14 months.

Cash-strapped councils struggling to support SEND children, auditors warn

11/09/2019

Auditors have warned that councils are coming under growing financial pressure as the demand for supporting school pupils with the greatest needs rises.

Quarter of a million children ‘unhappy’, charity says

28/08/2019

Council chiefs have called for more funds for children’s services after a charity found quarter of a million teenagers in the UK are unhappy.

Millions of children go hungry over summer holidays, Labour say

22/08/2019

Government funding on holiday hunger supported less than 4% of all children who are currently eligible for free school meals, the Labour Party have said.

Housing crisis forcing 1.3 million children to live in ‘overcrowded’ conditions

22/08/2019

A new study has revealed that more than one in 10 children in England are living in overcrowded homes because of a lack of suitable housing.

Children growing up in ‘B&Bs and shipping containers’, commissioner warns

21/08/2019

Thousands of children are growing up in unsuitable temporary accommodation, commissioner warns – a state of affairs council chiefs blame on a lack of funding.

Air pollution could be causing a third of child asthma cases, study warns

08/08/2019

Air pollution could be the cause of up to a third of new cases of childhood asthma in Europe, according to a new study.

Calls for ugent investment in public playgrounds

05/08/2019

The decline in public playgrounds is ‘pushing’ children away from outdoor play, a new survey has revealed.

System struggling to cope with 'explosion' of older children in care, Commissioner warns

01/08/2019

The system is struggling to cope with the increasing number of older children going into care over the past five years, a new report has warned today.

Over 14 million living in poverty, think tank reveals

30/07/2019

Millions of people, including children and pensioners, are living below the poverty line, new research into poverty has revealed.

‘Primary school’s worth’ of children face homelessness this summer

22/07/2019

Next PM told to make homelessness an 'urgent priority' as research finds hundreds of children face being placed into temporary accommodation this summer.

Charity calls for help feeding children during the holidays

16/07/2019

The Trussell Trust is urging people to donate food to their local food bank to help support families with children during the summer holidays.

Local government cuts forcing children to grow up in poverty, Labour say

15/07/2019

Millions of children are growing up in poverty because of Whitehall cuts to council funding, Labour says after research reveals extent of childhood poverty.

Hinds launches £9m mental health training scheme

12/07/2019

Pupils struggling with mental health are to benefit from more 'joined up care and support', education secretary Damien Hinds has announced.

Deaf children face ‘radio aid lottery’

11/07/2019

Local authority leaders have hit back against a claim that councils are failing to provide aids to deaf children.

Free HPV vaccination to be offered to boys

09/07/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed an announcement that from boys will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for the first time.

Austerity creating ‘crisis of childhood’, charity warns

09/07/2019

Funding cuts mean support has been diverted away from early help services into protecting children at immediate risk of harm, council leaders have warned.

Stop 'criminalisation' of children in care homes, council chiefs say

09/07/2019

More must be done to stop the 'criminalisation' of children in care homes, according to local government leaders.

Air pollution ‘shortening the lives of children’, report reveals

08/07/2019

A new study has revealed that air pollution could be shortening the lives of children in Birmingham by seven months.

London boroughs warn refugee scheme ‘is not working’

08/07/2019

The Government scheme for distributing refugee children throughout the country is not working, according to London Councils.

Young people ‘fear for their future’, charity says

08/07/2019

Young people fear for their future and feel ignored by politicians, according to new report.

Primary school children targeted for ‘county lines’ drug trafficking

05/07/2019

The response from statutory agencies to ‘county lines’ drug dealing is ‘too often haphazard’, a charity warns as new report reveals children as young as seven are being exploited by criminal gangs.

Next PM told to invest £10bn in ‘mending broken childhoods’

04/07/2019

The next PM should put the billions they have promised for income and corporation tax cuts towards ‘mending broken childhoods’, says Children’s Commissioner.

Majority of young people experience mental health issues, poll reveals

02/07/2019

Three in five young people have experienced a mental health problem or are close to someone who has, according to a new survey.

New fund to cover costs of children’s funerals

01/07/2019

Grieving families will no longer have to pay for their child’s burial or cremation under a new government scheme in England.

Children's Play: Winner: Milner Square, Islington LBC

25/06/2019

The winner of this year's Children's Play category is Islington LBC for the new play scheme at Milner Square.

Council-led programmes to fight childhood obesity launched

25/06/2019

The Government is to fund five council-led programmes to tackle childhood obesity.

Children exposed to toxic air inside schools, report warns

18/06/2019

The quality of air inside and outside primary schools must be improved to protect children's health, campaigners have demanded.

Charity warns cuts to children’s services ‘undermine’ mental health agenda

17/06/2019

A children’s charity has welcomed the Prime Minister’s ‘new mission’ to put prevention at the top of the mental health agenda, but warn that cuts to children’s services undermine progress in this area.

Calls for sugar-free schools by 2022

05/06/2019

All schools in London should be sugar-free by 2022, according to health experts.

£15m project launched to support vulnerable families

22/05/2019

A scheme has been launched to try and keep children with their families instead of being sent into care.

Nearly 600 people arrested to tackle county lines drug gangs

21/05/2019

Nearly 600 people have been arrested in a single week for their suspected involvement in drug dealing across county lines.

Children with autism ‘let down’ by system, report finds

20/05/2019

The system of support for young people with learning difficulties and autism is letting down some of the most vulnerable children in the country, according to the Children’s Commissioner.

‘Significant’ variations in rates of dental visits, study finds

17/05/2019

Children living in areas of deprivation are more likely to visit the dentist compared to those in more affluent areas, a new study has revealed.

Hackney publishes guide to banning traffic outside schools

17/05/2019

Hackney Council has launched a new toolkit designed to help local authorities ban traffic outside of schools at opening and closing times.

Child poverty is the ‘new normal’ in Britain, campaigners warn

15/05/2019

An estimated half a million more children are having their lives ‘limited by poverty’ today than at the start of the decade, the UK’s leading child poverty coalition has revealed.

Welfare reforms put pressure on struggling families, report warns

13/05/2019

A new study looking at the impact of welfare reforms on child vulnerability has found that a quarter of children in low income families are unable to make ends meet.

Councils receive extra £30m to care for asylum seeking children

09/05/2019

The amount of funding councils receive to look after unaccompanied asylum seeking children is set to rise by £30m.

Spending Review should put aside £3bn for children's services say MPs

30/04/2019

The Government needs to release at least £3bn of non-ring-fenced funding to local authorities to save children’s services from the ‘crisis’ they are in, MPs have said.

Play as a powerful motivator

26/04/2019

Beth Cooper explores the value of play and green places in preserving the nation’s health.

Councils need more powers to tackle junk food adverts, campaigners say

24/04/2019

Campaigners have called for local authorities to be given more powers to push back against junk food advertising.

More men needed in early years education, minister says

24/04/2019

The Government has launched a new project designed to encourage more men to work in early years education.

Council proposes introducing more smoke-free spaces

12/04/2019

Derbyshire residents could soon be asked to decide on whether they want more smoke-free places in their county.

Thousands of children being taught in illegal schools

12/04/2019

Up to 6,000 children are being educated in illegal schools across England putting their safety and education at risk, a watchdog has warned.

Nearly two thirds of councils cut mental health services for children

10/04/2019

Around 60% of local authority areas have seen a real-terms fall in spending on low-level mental health services for children, a new report has revealed.

Child benefit value at ‘record low’

03/04/2019

The value of child benefit has fallen to a record low, a think tank says 40 years after the benefit was established.

School children in referral units doubles within a decade

01/04/2019

The number of primary school children in Pupil Referral Units has more than doubled since 2011. according to the Labour Party.

Government is ‘failing’ to combat child poverty, campaigners say

28/03/2019

Campaigners have warned that the economy is not ‘working for everyone’ as the latest statistics show that child poverty in working families is on the rise.

Commissioner appointed to oversee Blackpool's children's services

26/03/2019

Essex CC has been appointed to take over Blackpool Council’s children’s services after an Ofsted report last year found it was ‘inadequate’.

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent investment’ in children's health visitors

21/03/2019

The health visiting service is ‘stretched to its limits’ due to underinvestment and a shrinking workforce, local authority leaders have warned.

Children missing out on ‘vital emergency support’ due to cuts

18/03/2019

New research from a children’s charity has revealed that young people are paying the price of Government cuts in crisis support, with many parents struggling to afford food and clothing.

Children left vulnerable to abuse due to focus on Brexit, report warns

12/03/2019

Councils are failing to protect children from abuse in England due to ‘systematic’ safeguarding failures, a new report has warned.

Councils ‘failing’ children exploited by gangs, report reveals

28/02/2019

The same mistakes that led to child sexual exploitation failings are being repeated with gangs, the children’s commissioner has warned.

Very few young people regularly vape, report finds

27/02/2019

Only a small proportion of young people are regularly using e-cigarettes, according to the findings of a new report.

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