Looked after children to benefit from new mentoring schemes

The government has launched a national scheme between independent schools and councils to improve the offer they make to young people growing up in care.

MPs say more evidence needed for energy drink ban

MPs have claimed that quantitative evidence alone is not sufficient to warrant a statutory ban on energy drinks sales to children.

Government takes over children's services in Northampton

The government has taken over Northamptonshire County Council’s children's services department.

Developing the future of Cambridgeshire focus of plans

Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed funding of more than £30 million to develop four new clean energy schemes in the region.

School fruit and vegetable scheme needs revamp

The current school fruit and vegetable scheme needs revamping as it is failing in its mission to encourage young people to eat more fresh produce.

New roadmap for public libraries launched

A new initiative has been launched to explore different options for how libraries could be better funded and managed.

£15m to place children outside of Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council has spent more than £15 million since the start of April placing children in care homes in other parts of the country.

£160m on school transport for SEND pupils

Councils spent more than £160 million last year on taxis and private hire vehicles to transport children with SEND to and from schools.

Number of children in care rises again

Latest figures show that there were 75,420 looked-after children in England at the end of March this year.

Half a billion funding gap risk for SEND

New research has warned that support for children with SEND is facing a potential funding gap of more than half a billion pounds.

Commissioner proposed for Northamptonshire children's services

The government has proposed the appointment of a commissioner to oversee improvements at Northamptonshire County Council.

£15m to expand children’s care in Wales

The Welsh Government will invest £15 million next year to help safely reduce the need for children to enter care.

Barnado’s to collaborate with council on children’s services

Barnardo’s is set to work with Leicestershire County Council in a trailblazing project to help improve the lives of children and families.

Free childcare scheme questioned as fees rise

The free childcare scheme is being questioned again as more than half of private nurseries have increased their fees in the past year.

Figures highlight worrying volume of child care cases

The Local Government Association has revealed that social workers are starting new cases for more than 1,000 children each day.

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