Children

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.

MPs call for an ‘early years revolution’ in child care

26/02/2019

Members of Parliament have called on local authorities to develop plans to help improve support for children during the first 1,000 days of life.

Childhood poverty set to hit ‘record highs’

20/02/2019

The proportion of children living in poverty risks hitting a record high by the end of the parliament, a shocking new report has revealed.

Whitehall’s ‘hostile environment’ puts children in danger, charity says

19/02/2019

The Government’s commitment to creating a ‘hostile environment’ for migrants outweighs their commitment to children’s rights, a charity has warned.

Pilot project helps a third of youths quit ‘county lines’

14/02/2019

Specialist support helped nearly a third of young people in a pilot project to quit 'county lines' involvement with drugs, according to a review.

Only a week left to enter Street Design Awards 

14/02/2019

The Street Design Awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in street design schemes, have been relaunched by Local Government News magazine.

Council rolls scooters out in bid to tackle pollution

13/02/2019

Children in Leeds will soon be travelling to school on scooters instead of in cars as part of the council’s push to clean up the city’s air.

Health experts warn about impact of toxic air on children

06/02/2019

Nearly nine out of ten child health experts are warning air pollution is already having a negative impact on children's health in their region.

Front-line workers ‘must get better’ at tackling child exploitation by drug gangs

30/01/2019

Front-line professionals ‘must get better’ at spotting signs that children are being exploited, a children’s charity has said in response to an annual assessment of county lines drug networks.

Government failing to treat children as victims of domestic abuse, warns charity

11/01/2019

Nearly a quarter of a million children should be classed as victims of domestic abuse, the NSPCC has said today.

Nine out of ten councils blow the budget on children's care

09/01/2019

Nearly ninety percent of councils overspent on children’s social care last year, according to figures released by the Local Government Association.

£12m boost for adoptive families

24/12/2018

The Government yesterday announced a £12m funding boost to support adoptive families.

Council chiefs warn of dangerous ‘must-have’ toys

24/12/2018

Local government leaders are warning Christmas shoppers to avoid potentially dangerous and fake ‘must-have’ toys.

Whitehall launches £9m holiday programme for disadvantaged children

21/12/2018

The Government today launched a £9m programme to provide disadvantaged children with free meals and activities during the school holidays.

One in four trafficked children reported missing from care

21/12/2018

Nearly a quarter of trafficked children were reported as going missing from care in 2017, a new study has revealed.

New mental health teams set to support 500,000 children

20/12/2018

Half a million children and young people are set to benefit from new mental health support teams, secretary of state for health and social care has announced.

Health visitors ‘crucial’ for children’s cognitive development

19/12/2018

Thinking skills should be made a priority to prepare children for school, according to a new report.

Early learning gap widens in 50% of council areas

18/12/2018

The early learning gap between children in poverty and their peers has widened in half of the local authority areas in England, children’s charity reveals.

Teachers warn of ‘Dickensian’ levels of poverty

17/12/2018

Teachers have warned they are seeing increasing levels of 'Dickensian' poverty among children in their classrooms.

Council chiefs call for ‘emergency cash’ to support children with special needs

17/12/2018

The Government has announced it will provide £350m to support children with complex needs and disabilities.

A million young children will be deprived of basics this Christmas, charity warns

06/12/2018

A million children face a miserable Christmas without warm clothing, fresh food or celebrations, poverty campaigners have warned.

More than 130,000 children will be homeless at Christmas, charity warns

05/12/2018

The number of homeless children has increased by 59% in the last five years, meaning 131,000 will be without a permanent home this Christmas, Shelter has warned.

Children in care to receive scholarships to independent schools

05/12/2018

The Government yesterday launched a new scheme to help children in care receive mentoring and scholarships from independent schools.

Council call for action over number of operations to remove rotten teeth in children

03/12/2018

Council leaders have called for immediate action to tackle sugar consumption after new figures showed more than 45,000 teenagers and children had teeth extracted in hospital last year.

Southwark commits to 100% treatment rate for children with mental health conditions

30/11/2018

Southwark Council has become the first local authority in the country to commit to a 100% treatment rate by 2020 for children with mental health conditions.

One in eight children have a mental disorder, data reveals

23/11/2018

One in eight children and young people aged between five and 19 have a mental disorder, according to a survey.

Commissioner warns children are being failed by mental health services

22/11/2018

Mental health services for children and young people are generally improving but progress is slow, according to the children's commissioner.

Over 1,000 children referred to social services every day

09/11/2018

Nearly 400,000 children in England were referred and assessed as in need of the support of social services in 2017/18, according to the latest figures.

Councils call for powers to ban junk food advertising

07/11/2018

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to give them the powers to ban junk food advertising as part of the struggle against childhood obesity.

Care and adoption can mean 'heartbreaking' separation from siblings, say lawyers

01/11/2018

Children going into care or being adopted often risk losing touch with their brothers and sisters, according to new research – even though these can be their most important relationships.

Council chiefs warn of ‘detrimental impact’ of nursery cuts

24/10/2018

Local authority leaders have warned that Government plans to cut funding are placing maintained nurseries and support for children with special needs at risk.

Whitehall announces £5m fund to fight knife crime

22/10/2018

Local authorities are being given the opportunity to bid for funding to tackle youth and gang crime in high-risk areas.

Building a secure future for EU children in the UK

19/10/2018

Kamena Dorling explores what impact Brexit may have on European national children living in the UK, especially those in local authority care.

Poverty can lead to self-harm and violent crime, study shows

11/10/2018

Children from poorer families are at ‘significantly greater risk’ of being involved in violent crime and harming themselves later in life, new study shows.

Watchdog warns of 'significant unmet need’ for children’s mental health services

10/10/2018

There is still 'some way to go' before mental and physical health for young people are treated with the same importance, the official spending watchdog warns.

Children’s mental health referrals increase by a quarter

08/10/2018

The number of referrals to specialist children’s mental health services has increased by 26% over the last five years, an education think tank has revealed.

International education spending: a statistical minefield

05/10/2018

Mark Whitehead investigates the Government's 'seemingly casual' approach to data when it comes to education spending.

Government acted ‘unlawfully’ over Dubs Amendment

04/10/2018

The Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the Government acted ‘unlawfully’ in not giving reasons to children refused entry to Britain under the Dubs Amendment.

Whitehall asks councils for ‘trailblazing’ ideas to fight childhood obesity

26/09/2018

The Government is asking local authorities to apply to its ‘trailblazer’ programme for tackling childhood obesity.

Children with mental health issues face youth services ‘black hole’

12/09/2018

Three-quarters of young people looking for support for mental health issues become more unwell before they can access treatment, charity reveals.

Children face adoption ‘postcode lottery’

12/09/2018

Children going into care face a postcode lottery for the opportunity to stay with relatives, a family law firm has found.

Lack of suitable accommodation forcing police to lock up children

10/09/2018

A lack of suitable accommodation is forcing the police to detain children and vulnerable adults, the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has warned.

Children’s happiness ‘declining’, charity finds

29/08/2018

The well-being of children is as low as it was 20 years ago, according to an alarming new report from a children’s charity.

Over 100,000 children homeless over holidays, council chiefs warn

28/08/2018

The number of children who spent their school holiday homeless has risen to more than 123,000, council leaders have warned.

Figures show 40% increase in number of children with Type 2 diabetes

20/08/2018

The number of children and young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes has increased by 40% in the last four years, new figures have revealed.

Government launches scheme to ‘boost’ political participation among pupils

14/08/2018

The Government has launched a programme aimed at teaching young people about politics and promoting participation in the political system.

Charities merge to improve support for ‘vulnerable children’

10/08/2018

More vulnerable children will be given specialist support as a result of a partnership between two leading charities.

Court rules £5m of special needs cuts ‘illegal’

06/08/2018

Bristol City Council has said it is ‘disappointed’ by a court ruling that found the authority had acted illegally by cutting £5m from the budget for children with special needs.

Study links to children's health to parent's mental health problems

30/07/2018

Doctors should consider seeing whole families at the same time, according to a new report that shows children's well-being is affected by the state of their parents' health.

Whitehall criticised for ‘disappointing’ approach to children's mental health

26/07/2018

The Government’s green paper on children's mental health ‘doesn’t go far enough’ in tackling the challenges many young people are facing, local government leaders warn.

Excluded pupils ‘abandoned’ by education system, MPs say

25/07/2018

Pupils who have been excluded from school are being ‘failed’ by the education system, MPs warn.

Severe obesity in children at record high, health body says

24/07/2018

Levels of severe obesity in children aged 10 and 11 have reached the ‘highest point’ since records began, public health body warns.

Child poverty at ‘highest rate’ in over a decade

24/07/2018

Relative child poverty may have risen to its highest rate in at least 15 years, think tank warns.

Whitehall launches £8m domestic abuse fund

23/07/2018

Local authorities are now able to bid for money from an £8m fund in order to help children who have been affected by domestic abuse, the Government announced over the weekend.

Whitehall announces £250,000 to support youth integration

17/07/2018

The Government has announced £250,000 will be provided to help national youth groups ‘unlock’ the full potential of youngsters.

Council calls for fairer system of looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking children

17/07/2018

Portsmouth City Council has urged the Government to review the way councils deal with unaccompanied children seeking asylum, after figures show they account for a quarter of the council's looked after children.

Nowhere to play?

17/07/2018

New research from the Association of Play Industries has revealed the scale of decline in playgrounds across England. LGN finds out more.

Thousands of children facing abuse ‘repeatedly’ referred to social care services

02/07/2018

Thousands of children are ‘repeatedly’ referred to children’s social care but get no help until their problems escalate to crisis point, a children’s charity has discovered.

Hunt outlines plan to halve childhood obesity by 2030

25/06/2018

Supermarkets will be prevented from displaying unhealthy foods and sweets at their checkouts in a crackdown being considered by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Millions of children exposed to ‘toxic’ air pollution, charity warns

21/06/2018

One in three children in the UK are growing up in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution, new research by Unicef has revealed.

Kids eating ‘far more sugar than is healthy’, warn health officials

15/06/2018

Children have already consumed more than the recommended intake of sugar for the whole of 2018, according to Public Health England.

Whitehall announces £1m pilot to improve mental health assessments

14/06/2018

The Government today announced a £1m pilot scheme to help children in care get ‘high quality’ mental health assessments.

Campaigners call for ‘urgent action’ to house children

13/06/2018

A campaign for children’s rights is calling on local authorities to stop ‘breaking the law’ by housing families in B&Bs for longer than the legal limit.

Free schools ‘failing’ to offer innovative approaches to education, study reveals

31/05/2018

Free schools are failing to offer new approaches to education and are not educating enough disadvantaged children, according to researchers.

Councils should be given more powers to tackle junk food, MPs say

30/05/2018

Council leaders have welcomed a call for local authorities to be given more powers to tackle the advertising and sale of unhealthy food and drink to children.

Council chiefs warn obesity is ‘ill-health time bomb’

29/05/2018

New figures show that child obesity is contributing to a 'multi-billion pound ill-health time bomb', local government leaders have warned.

Ban cars from school areas, charity says

21/05/2018

A charity has urged the Government to ban cars from the immediate vicinity of school gates at drop off and pick up times in order to improve air quality.

Oral health figures reveal ‘clear inequalities’, health body warns

16/05/2018

UK’s public health body has warned there are ‘clear inequalities’ in oral health with children from deprived areas more likely to be affected by tooth decay.

Children Today: Securing health that lasts a lifetime

15/05/2018

Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent reports from an event held at the Foundling Museum by Coram together with the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition to celebrate the 350th year of Thomas Coram’s birth.

Rise in mental health referrals from schools

14/05/2018

Local government leaders have branded a report on mental health services for young people 'worrying' and called for a radical overhaul of the available treatment.

Government pledges £28m to help disadvantaged children

08/05/2018

The Government has pledged £28m to provide disadvantaged children and young people with education and training.

Government launches £4.5m fund to help children with alcoholic parents

23/04/2018

The department for health and social care has launched a new ‘innovation fund’ to help local authorities support children with alcoholic parents.

Over 140 children a day are having teeth removed, health body finds

06/04/2018

A child in England has a tooth removed in hospital every 10 minutes due to preventable tooth decay, public health body says.

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