1,000 children’s centres lost since 2009

New research by the Sutton Trust has revealed that as many as 1,000 Sure Start centres across the country have closed since 2009.

Worcestershire to pursue new children's social care model

Worcestershire County Council has agreed to develop a wholly owned council company to deliver children's social care services in the region.

Almost £7 million to support struggling families in Liverpool

Liverpool City Council will receive early access to almost £7 million of funding to support struggling families to turn their lives around.

Community Managed Libraries handover in Derby

Derby City Council has signed agreements with DHA confirming the local charity’s plans to run all ten proposed Community Managed Libraries.

Further funding to improve quality of adoption services

Five new Regional Adoption Agencies have been granted £3.4 million as part of the government’s ambition to create a world-leading adoption system.

Care leaver initiative only funding one in five

The LGA has expressed concern over an initiative for children leaving care only having enough funding to support one in five young people.

£26 million boost to school breakfast clubs

The Department for Education has announced a £26 million investment to run morning clubs in schools in the most disadvantaged areas.

Number of secondary schools in deficit trebles

Research has found that the number of state secondary schools falling into deficit has almost trebled in the last four years to more than a quarter.

Councils in child abuse reporting alliance

The LGA and some local councils are supporting a new campaign to tackle child abuse and neglect and increase confidence in reporting incidents.

£17 million DfE funding to improve children's services

The Department for Education has announced a £17 million package of support for councils to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.

Lack of collaboration causing mental health ‘crisis point’

Too many young people are finding themselves at ‘crisis point’ before accessing mental health services because public services are not effectively working together.

Two-thirds of secondary schools increasing class sizes

Two-thirds of secondary schools in England have increased the size of their classes in the past two years.

Councils seek more funding for children’s social care

Leaders from across the north west have urged the Chancellor for further funding to tackle a growing crisis in children's social care.

Youth offending budget cuts threaten crime tackling efforts

The LGA has warned that recent success at tackling youth crime will be threatened unless the government maintains funding for preventing youth offending.

Increasing childcare costs undermining policies

The Family and Childcare Trust’s annual survey has revealed that the cost of childcare in Britain has surged to double the rate of inflation.

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