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New report calls for extension of free school meals to 1.5m more children

A major new report by the National Food Strategy has suggested that an additional 1.5m children should benefit from free school meals in the wake of the Covid 19 crisis.

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NYA wants youth workers in every secondary school

The National Youth Agency has called for youth workers to be assigned to every secondary school to provide support to all disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.

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Youth Endowment Fund announces grants of £6.5m to help vulnerable young people through the pandemic

The Youth Endowment fund has announced it will provide support to 130 organisations through funding in its Covid 19 round.

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ADCS report warns that Covid 19 crisis could cast a ‘long shadow’ over disadvantaged children, young people and families

New report highlights anticipated peak in children’s services demand at a point where funding becomes exhausted.

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Government announces review into health of young children and babies

The government has announced that Andrea Leadsom will lead a review on health inequalities amongst babies and young children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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OFSTED expands role of its national director for social care

OFSTED has announced that it has increased the remit of its national director for social care by adding responsibility for the regulation of childcare and childcare policy.

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Call for urgent action to address inequality comes from ADCS President

ADCS President, Jenny Coles, has challenged the government to address financial, social and educational inequality as a priority as the country exits lockdown.

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Plans for targeted OFSTED Children’s Services visits after lockdown ends

OFSTED has announced its intention to target inspections on children services departments previously rated ‘inadequate’ when lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

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Children’s Commissioner warns that 120,000 teenagers risk ‘falling off the radar’

Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, has released a new report highlighting the risk of teenagers falling through the gaps as the country exits lockdown.

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Report highlights dramatic impact of Covid-19 on the Early Years sector

New data shows that early years providers are facing huge financial losses in the wake of the coronavirus crisis as a result of long-term underfunding and reduced demand for places.

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