Children's services

Number of children in care nearly hits 80,000

06/12/2019

A charity has called on the next Government to invest more in the care system as new figures reveal the number of children in care has risen to nearly 80,000.

Charity warns child cruelty is rising every year

28/11/2019

The number of child cruelty and neglect offences have risen every year for the past five years, new analysis has shown.

Councils call for more investment in early intervention

21/11/2019

Council leaders are calling for extra funding in children’s services to ensure they can fulfil the ambitions of the Children’s Act.

Nearly 700 children a day at risk of domestic violence

21/11/2019

Many children facing domestic abuse are failing to get the support they need because of a 'postcode lottery, a new report has warned today.

Shropshire Council warns of £6m overspend

20/11/2019

Shropshire Council has announced a spending freeze until the end of the year after warning that it faced a multi-million pound overspend.

Over 22,000 young people face homelessness this Christmas

18/11/2019

A charity has warned that tens of thousands of young people in England will be homeless or at risk of homelessness this Christmas.

Policy action to secure the future health of young people

08/11/2019

We need to invest across housing, employment and transport to secure the health prospects of the next generation, argues Martina Kane.

Family hardship drives 53% increase in children referred for ‘urgent support’

05/11/2019

A rise in family ‘conflict and hardship’ against a background of cuts to council budgets is behind the heightened pressure on child protection services, local authority leaders have revealed.

Reading’s children’s services improvement ‘huge achievement'

30/10/2019

A council-owned company has moved Reading's children's services out of its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating.

Whitehall commits £19m for young people leaving care

23/10/2019

Young people leaving care have been promised better housing, healthcare and employment opportunities in a new government scheme.

Children in care not getting their legal right to a ‘buddy’

22/10/2019

Children in the care system are not getting their legal right to an essential ‘buddy’ as more than two thirds of councils admit leaving them on waiting lists, a children’s charity reveals.

Council to re-direct £5.5m to 'inadequate' children’s services

18/10/2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has approved plans to invest £5.5m into its children’s services following an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted earlier this year.

Commissioner appointed to take control of Northants’ children’s services

18/10/2019

The Government has appointed a new commissioner to head up Northamptonshire County Council’s struggling children’s services.

Councils warn about ‘spiralling’ rate of child modern slavery referrals

18/10/2019

Councils have warned the number of child victims of modern slavery referred for support has risen by 800% in the past five years.

Council adopts fingerprint-based drug testing

15/10/2019

Peterborough City Council has brought in fingerprint-based drug testing as part of its family safeguarding social care initiative.

Spending on youth services cut 73% in decade

08/10/2019

A new analysis from the Labour Party has revealed that public spending on youth services in England has been reduced by £1bn – or 73% – since 2010.

Young offenders ‘set up to fail’, report warns

08/10/2019

Children and young people released from young offender institutions are getting too little support in the community and are being ‘set up to fail’, a new report shows.

Children’s voices missing from care records, study warns

03/10/2019

The voices of children and young people are missing from their social care records causing significant distress and upset, research has warned today.

Safeguarding shake-up

24/09/2019

With local safeguarding children boards being abolished, Neil Merrick finds out what new arrangements councils are setting up in their local areas.

Kinship carers blast lack of support from children's services

24/09/2019

Local authorities should have a legal responsibility to support people looking after the children of family and friends, campaigners have argued.

Named person scheme dropped

20/09/2019

A mandatory named person scheme for every child in Scotland – underpinned by law – will not now happen, deputy first minister John Swinney has announced.

Repairing children’s services is an investment worth making

12/09/2019

Spending more on services to stop the rising costs of taking children into care must be worth the investment, says Heather Jameson.

Think tank calls for radical reform of children’s services

10/09/2019

A radical new approach to children’s services is needed to avert the growing crisis, a think tank has warned today.

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.

Government announces over £3m to support children with mental health issues

20/08/2019

Children and young people are to benefit from a £3.3m injection of cash into local community projects, the Government has announced.

Council considers job cuts to fund children’s services

13/08/2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is considering cutting 248 jobs in order to help fund a £5.5m cash boost for children’s services.

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