Improvements recognised in Brighton’s children’s services

Both Ofsted and the government have sent Brighton & Hove City Council congratulations for improvements to its children’s social care services.

Quarter of 14-year-old girls admit to 'self-harming’

A new report examining the state of children's wellbeing in the UK has found that nearly a quarter of girls in the UK have self-harmed.

‘Shameful’ inequality in education system

The Labour Party has highlighted sharp inequalities between students at schools in the most and least deprived areas in England.

Children’s care system undergoing a ‘silent crisis’

A new report has claimed that nearly 50,000 vulnerable children are being cared for in areas where local council services are failing them.

Democracy Ambassadors to inspire political engagement

The Cabinet Office has unveiled a new programme aimed at inspiring school-age young people to engage with democracy from an earlier stage.

Young carers feeling lonely during summer

New research has revealed that nearly half of young carers are spending more than four hours a day during the summer caring for a relative.

NCS funding should go to local youth services

The Local Government Association says that current National Citizen Service funding should be devolved to local youth services.

Record high for severe obesity in 10 to 11-year-olds

Public Health England has reported that levels of severe obesity in children aged 10 to 11 years have reached the highest point since records began

Plans to remove commissioners from Rotherham Council

James Brokenshire has announced that the government will end the intervention into Rotherham Council three years after calling in inspectors.

Public sector staff to receive pay rises

Having announced similar plans last year, Theresa May has revealed wage increases for about one million workers in the public sector.

Proposals for school children to learn first aid

School children in England are to be taught first aid in a bid to give young people ‘the tools they need to be ready to thrive when they leave school’.

Referral and assessment 'lottery’ for autistic patients

The Liberal Democrats have revealed that children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment.

https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13144

The IFS has revealed that total school spending per pupil in England fell by approximately eight per cent in real terms between 2010 and 2018.

Government not learning from high-profile academy failures

In its rush to convert large numbers of schools to academies, the government has failed to learn the lessons from high-profile academy failures.

2.1 million children in England living in vulnerable families

Children’s Commissioner’s report estimates that one in six children in England are living vulnerable lives due to complex family circumstances.

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