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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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Government announces £120m funding for Social Care in response to pressures caused by new Covid variant

A further £120m will be available to Councils in England to support social care services as staff absence rates spiral

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Private, voluntary and independent childcare providers excluded from home Covid testing programme

The Department for Education has received fierce criticism for not including private, voluntary and independent (PVI) childcare providers in the home testing Covid programme

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New research finds nine in ten female young offenders to be victims of abuse

Young Women’s Justice project study suggests that the vast majority of women under the age of 18 in the Criminal Justice system have suffered abuse

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Children’s Minister confirms extension of Adoption Support Fund

Vicky Ford has confirmed that the Adoption Support Fund will be extended until 2022

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Education Secretary announces return of free school meals voucher scheme

Gavin Williamson has confirmed that the government will make free school meal vouchers available to support disadvantaged families during the new lockdown

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