Children

One in five children at risk of obesity

19/05/2022

Government should help provide more affordable leisure opportunities, council chiefs say as study reveals children are not getting enough exercise.

Universal Credit failing to meet basic cost of living, charity warns

17/05/2022

The £20 per week cut to Universal Credit (UC) means that the benefit is failing to meet the basic cost of living, a children’s charity has warned.

Council pays family threatened with homelessness £6,000

13/05/2022

Bromley council has agreed to pay a family threatened with homelessness £6,000 after an investigation concluded that it did not do enough to help them.

Council apologises after family forced to live on building site

13/05/2022

Croydon Council has apologised after a family was left to live on a building site for two years after the local authority failed to pay a grant on time.

Mental health support in schools to get £7m boost

12/05/2022

The Department for Education today announced a further £7m for schools and colleges to train a senior mental health lead.

Children ‘bounced around’ care system

06/05/2022

Research by the charity Barnardo’s has found young people are facing frequent changes of home, school and social workers.

Commission calls for end to school ‘exclusions culture’

29/04/2022

The rise in the number of exclusions from schools leads to teenagers being put at risk of exploitation and serious violence, new report warns.

Ofsted to increase focus on early years education

26/04/2022

The schools watchdog will increase its focus on early years education over the next five years as part of the effort to help children impacted by the pandemic.

Two-fifths of households struggle to pay bills

22/04/2022

Over two-fifths (41%) of households with children at home struggled to pay their bills over the past week, new research has revealed.

Third of trafficked children go missing from council care

19/04/2022

One in three trafficked children go missing from council care, say children’s charities who warn Nationality and Borders Bill will make the problem worse.

Call for national review of children's mental health services

07/04/2022

The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has called for a post-pandemic national review of children’s mental health services.

Cost of nursery up £1,500

04/04/2022

The average family now spends nearly £1,500 more on a nursery place than five years ago, an analysis by Labour has revealed.

Over £1bn of support for vulnerable families

04/04/2022

Vulnerable families across the UK are set to receive around £1bn of support to help them access advice and services, the Government has announced.

Universal Credit cut forced 400,000 children into poverty

01/04/2022

Around 400,000 children were pulled out of poverty when UC was increased £20 per week, but these children were pushed back into poverty when UC was cut.

Government vows to end 'postcode lottery' on SEND

29/03/2022

Schools, councils and health providers will need to work together to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) with more targeted funding, a Government green paper said today.

Councils urged to create inclusive child play spaces

16/03/2022

Leading UK charities and industry bodies have called on local authorities across the country to create accessible and inclusive child play spaces.

Around 50% of children not ready to start school

10/03/2022

Almost half of all children are not ready to start school, a national survey has revealed.

UK ‘sleepwalked’ into dysfunctional children’s social care market

10/03/2022

Local authorities need more support to help them find suitable placements for children in foster care and children’s homes, a new report says.

Councils do not know how many children there are in England, survey reveals

09/03/2022

Councils do not know how many children there are in England nor of how many children are not receiving education, says Children’s Commissioner.

Councils warn of 'staffing crisis' amid exodus

03/03/2022

Councils have warned of a ‘staffing crisis’ as the number of children and family social workers quitting the profession hits a five-year high.

Charity warns of lack of accountability in adoption funding

03/03/2022

A charity has urged the Government to improve the use of funds allocated to support adopted children in England’s schools.

West Midlands to pilot advice scheme for parents and carers

22/02/2022

The West Midlands has been selected to pilot a new Government scheme to support and provide advice to parents and carers.

Number of vulnerable children in unregulated settings rises by 450%

10/02/2022

The number of applications to deprive children of their liberty in unregulated placements has risen dramatically over the last three years, new figures reveal.

DfE welcomes improvements in children’s well-being

08/02/2022

Children’s well-being in 2021 saw improvements when compared to the year before, but research suggests there was a decline over the decade before the pandemic.

Commissioner reports rise in children ‘struggling’ with mental health issues

07/02/2022

More children are struggling with their mental health due to the impact of the pandemic, the Children’s Commission has warned.

Families spend £14.6bn replacing missing disability support

07/02/2022

One third of families with disabled children have been forced into debt funding their children’s education, a new survey has revealed.

Human rights group warns of ‘uninhabitable’ temporary accommodation

18/01/2022

Children in London growing up in ‘uninhabitable’ temporary accommodation due to Government-imposed austerity and the housing crisis, human rights group warns.

Over 86,000 London children in temporary accommodation over Christmas

24/12/2021

More than 86,000 children in the capital will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation arranged by their local borough, London council leaders have revealed.

Cuts undermine fight against child criminal exploitation

16/12/2021

Local authority leaders have warned that cuts to local government funding have made it difficult to tackle child criminal exploitation.

Over a million children in need of social housing, research finds

15/12/2021

Nearly two million children in England are living in overcrowded, unaffordable or unsuitable homes, new research has revealed.

In-work poverty ‘blights’ the lives of children, charity warns

07/12/2021

In-work poverty ‘blights the lives of children and young people’ and often goes undetected and ignored, a new study warns.

Peers warn of ‘a crisis in child vulnerability’

19/11/2021

The life chances of more than a million vulnerable children are being damaged by cuts to early years and youth support, peers have warned ministers.

Childhood obesity ‘one of the greatest public health challenges’

17/11/2021

Local authority leaders urge Government to do more to tackle childhood obesity as the NHS warns of a ‘significant increase’ in obesity rates among children.

England's first specialist clinics to help severely obese children

16/11/2021

More than 1,000 severely obese children will receive specialist treatment and targeted support every year as part of a new pilot project.

One in six children have poor mental health

01/10/2021

One in six children in England struggled with their mental health in 2021 - the same number as during lockdown last year - according to new figures.

Record number of children referred to mental health services

24/09/2021

Local authority leaders have stressed the importance of investing in community-based services in order to drive improvements in children’s mental health.

Kent County Council resumes admittance of lone child migrants

13/09/2021

Kent CC announces that it will resume admitting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children into its reception centres after it stopped earlier in the year.

Rashford launches campaign to end child food poverty

06/09/2021

England International Footballer, Marcus Rashford MBE, is today launching a new campaign to end child food poverty.

Children’s happiness suffers ‘significant decline’

26/08/2021

An estimated 300,000 children across the UK unhappy with their lives, a children’s charity has warned in its annual state-of-the-nation report.

Over a third of the most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund

25/08/2021

More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.

Calls for more funding as child abuse increases

20/08/2021

Incidents involving death or serious harm to a child have risen in the past year, leading to calls for further funding.

Ministers call for joined-up approach to tackle the causes of child vulnerability

10/08/2021

Ministers have been urged to support family services and to tackle a lack of coordination of children’s policy at the national and local levels.

Million children of key workers live in poverty, TUC reveals

14/07/2021

Over a million children of key workers are currently living in poverty, the TUC has revealed.

Council chiefs urge Government to put children at ‘heart of recovery’

14/07/2021

Local authority leaders have called for a cross-government strategy to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of the post-pandemic recovery.

Report calls for better data on children’s well-being

01/07/2021

This most vulnerable children are often missing from existing data making it difficult to deliver effective child policies, a new report has warned.

PM told to invest more in pandemic recovery measures for children

09/06/2021

Government urged to ‘reconsider’ pandemic recovery measures for children as researchers estimate it has committed to spend only one-tenth of what is needed.

Thousands at risk of losing legal status as EUSS deadline looms

09/06/2021

A number of charities have written to the PM urging him to extend the EU Settlement Scheme deadline to prevent thousands of children from losing legal status.

Children and families need £12.5bn over three years, says new ADCS president

22/04/2021

The growing number of children and families who need support 'to thrive, not just survive in the wake of the pandemic' will need investment of around £12.5bn over three years, says England's new children’s services chief.

Children ‘bearing brunt’ of mental health crisis

09/04/2021

The number of children seeking help for mental health problems increased by 28% during the pandemic, new figures have revealed.

Thousands of vulnerable EU children face legal ‘cliff edge’

30/03/2021

A charity has warned that thousands of children in care who are from EU countries could find themselves with no legal status in the UK because of Brexit.

Seven million children return to school

17/03/2021

Over seven million children were back in schools and colleges last week as part of the first step in the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Majority of parents warn pandemic has made children less active

08/03/2021

More than two-thirds of parents have warned their children are less physically active than before the start of the pandemic in a new survey.

Framing our approach to children with challenging behaviour

09/02/2021

Professor Sandy Toogood explains how an approach called Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) can help children who present with challenging behaviour or behaviour of concern.

New strategy 'a golden opportunity' to tackle child sexual abuse

22/01/2021

A new strategy to protect children from all forms of child sexual abuse has been published by the Government today.

Nearly 130,000 children in temporary accommodation during lockdown

13/01/2021

Around 450 primary schools’ worth of homeless children are spending lockdown in temporary accommodation amid a chronic shortage of affordable housing, council chiefs have warned.

Babies ‘largely invisible’ in pandemic response

21/12/2020

Babies and young children have been forgotten in the Government’s response to the pandemic, health visitors warn.

Footballer Marcus Rashford launches child food poverty website

21/12/2020

The England international footballer Marcus Rashford has launched a new website to support children and vulnerable people over the Christmas period.

Secure children's home places 'inadequate'

02/12/2020

Young people are being ‘failed’ by a lack of places in secure children’s homes, research published today has revealed.

Duchess of Cambridge unveils results of UK's biggest early years study

27/11/2020

Only one in four people recognise the specific importance of the early years, according to the UK’s biggest ever study on the topic.

Over half of teachers have worked with homeless children, study reveals

18/11/2020

More than half of state teachers (56%) have worked with homeless children in the past three years, a new study has revealed.

Peers call for public service reform to improve resilience

13/11/2020

Peers have warned that ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in public services must be addressed in order to withstand future crises.

Faith leaders call for ‘cross-party strategy’ for tackling child poverty

02/11/2020

Faith leaders praise footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend free school meals and urge the Prime Minister to establish a cross-party commission with the mandate and resources to tackle child poverty in England.

Childhood obesity rises again in past year

30/10/2020

Children living in the most deprived areas are more than twice as likely to be obese as those in the least deprived, new figures have revealed.

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.

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