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New pilot scheme to give Councils powers for decision making on trafficked children

The Home Office has announced a new pilot programme which will allow Councils to decide upon a child’s status as a victim of trafficking

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Care Review publishes first report laying out the case for key reforms to the children's social care system

New report calls for major reform of and investment in support for vulnerable children and families in England, describing the current system as financially strained and risk-averse.

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North Tyneside Council selected to help drive up standards in national children’s social care

The Department for Education has chosen North Tyneside to become a Sector Led improvement partner to support other local authorities improve service standards

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New report suggests sexual harassment has been ‘normalised’ in schools and colleges

Ofsted review finds sexual harassment, including online sexual abuse, has become ‘normalised’ for children and young people

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Call for local authorities to be legally bound to provide early help

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has called for the introduction of a new legal duty requiring local authorities to provide early help services

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Data suggests over 400,000 more pupils now eligible for free school meals

The Labour party claims data indicates the Covid 19 crisis has lead to more than 400,000 additional pupils now being eligible for free school meals

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Government urged to put early years at the heart of the pandemic recovery

The Sutton Trust has called on ministers to put early years at the heart of plans to see education recover from the Covid 19 crisis

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New research shows the impact of Covid 19 on children and young people across the UK

Barnado’s commissioned survey finds significant effects of the pandemic on children’s mental health and wellbeing.

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Second phase of government backed DCS retention scheme launched

The second phase of a government backed scheme intended to address issues around recruitment and retention of Directors of Children’s Services (DCS) has been launched

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Latest government figures show significant increase in childcare provider closures

Data released by the government show more than 2,000 childcare providers closed in the first four months of the year

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