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Children’s Commissioner weighs into government in her final speech in role

Anne Longfield has called upon government to stop seeing vulnerable children simply as data points and to truly prioritise their protection

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Government confirms commitment to deliver on the Youth Investment Fund

Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran, has confirmed the government will deliver the £500m fund aimed at supporting youth services

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Calls to improve mental health services for adopted children

Adoption charity, Adoption UK, has called on the government to provide more mental health support to adopted children

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Children’s minister confirms Children’s Services in Reading removed from government intervention

After five years Reading Council’s Children’s Services has become free from government intervention

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£55.5m underspend on childcare places reported by Local Authorities in lead up to the pandemic

New research has found that around three quarters of local education authorities failed to spend their allocation for government funded childcare places in 2019/20

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New inquiry to examine progress in children’s mental health services

A new inquiry is to be conducted by the health and social care select committee to consider how measures set out in the 2017 green paper to transform services have been met

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New fund launched to support children’s mental health services

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) has announced the launch of a new fund aimed at improving the quality and access to mental health services for children and young people who have a social worker

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New approach to combat child sexual abuse announced by Home Secretary

The Home Office has launched a new strategy aimed at protecting children from all forms of sexual abuse

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Schools struggling to support SEND children during lockdown

New research indicates schools are finding it increasingly hard to provide support for their SEND children during the current health crisis

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Babies needs being overlooked in Covid 19 response

A new report by the First 1001 Days Movement suggests that the needs of babies are being neglected during lockdown

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