Report confirms crisis in children’s social care

The Care Crisis Review has claimed that the children’s care sector is overstretched and overwhelmed.

Stark variation in regional adoption rates

New research shows that the chances of being placed for adoption by the age of five varies starkly by local authority.

Gaps in provision for millions of children in care

Almost half of the entire £8.6 billion children’s services budget in England is now spent on 73,000 children in the care system.

Further progress made in Birmingham’s children's social care

Ofsted report says Birmingham Children’s Trust has made further progress in improving the quality of services for young people leaving care.

Unstable care system problematic for ‘pinball kids’

The Children's Commissioner for England has warned that thousands of children are still ‘pinging’ around the care system.

Parents ‘not involved’ in new free schools

New research has revealed that parent groups have only been behind about one in five of the free schools that have been opened.

Funding boost for SEND school places

Local authorities are set to benefit from a £50million funding boost to create additional school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

22,000 children severely obese after primary school

New analysis by the LGA has revealed that more than 22,000 children aged 10 and 11 in Year 6 are classed as severely obese.

£1m fund to protect London pupils from pollution

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a new £1 million fund to help some of London’s most polluted primary schools fight poor air quality.

‘Faltering’ academy finances need correcting

The LGA has strongly urged the government to take control of ‘faltering’ academy finances or be prepared to let councils oversee them.

Cars should be banned from school gates

Living Streets has set out 21 recommendations to enable more children to walk to and from school and fight air pollution.

Special guardian policy left many families out of pocket

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found problems in the way North Tyneside Council was paying support to special guardians.

Council cuts leaving deaf children at breaking point

The National Deaf Children’s Society has warned that more than a third of councils are cutting educational support for deaf children.

£28 million to support children and young people

The government has announced that ten projects across England that support disadvantaged children and young people will receive over £28 million.

DfE announces struggling schools to face single target

Operating a single ‘trigger’ point to indicate when struggling schools require intervention would help to create a more simple education system.

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