Council services not keeping pace with rising complex needs children

A new report commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children and published by the National Children's Bureau, has highlighted that the number of disabled children with complex needs has increased dramatically, and warned that affected families were finding it difficult to access local authority support.

Four Liverpool libraries face closure

Four libraries in Liverpool are facing closure as a result of cuts, meaning the city will have lost over half of its libraries in the last two years.

Sexual infections fuelled by lack of sex education

The LGA has claimed that extending compulsory sex and relationship education in academies could reduce the diagnosis of STIs.

MPs cast doubt over grammars ability for social mobility

The Education Select Committee has published a report outlining that the government has not made an adequate case for opening a new wave of grammar schools, including its claim that the schools could further social mobility.

Rise in drug and alcohol related reports

The NSPCC has reported a 16 per cent rise in reports to its helpline concerning substance abuse near children.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to remove the barriers currently refraining councils from helping underperforming schools, including taking on the running of failing academies.

The government has published its first annual progress report on its sport strategy, aiming to create a more active nation.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to grant councils powers to direct academy schools to take in ‘hard to place' students, including those excluded from other schools.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has revealed a rise of 78 per cent in recorded reports of child-on-child sex offences in England and Wales.

Libraries Minister Rob Wilson has told the new APPG for Libraries that local authorities will face government action if they cannot justify library cuts.

New analysis by the IFS has found that the government’s apprenticeship target for the public sector will not deliver value for money.

A report by the Fostering Network has warned that the UK’s fostering system is under ‘unsustainable strain’, and is only being held together by the ‘goodwill and commitment’ of foster carers.

Gill Furniss, Sheffield MP and Shadow Minister, will chair the re-launched All-Party Parliamentary Group for Libraries.

Professional people from working class backgrounds are paid £6,800 less than their colleagues from more affluent backgrounds.

Many local authorities are not providing the information that families with disabled children need to access childcare.

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