CMA launches study of children’s social care provision

The CMA has launched a study of children’s social care provision to examine concerns around high prices paid by local authorities.

Childcare providers struggling to remain sustainable

Britain’s parents are paying four per cent more for childcare for children under two, and five per cent more for children aged two than they were one year ago.

Children are less active than before lockdown

More than two in three parents say they have seen their children’s physical activity levels decrease during lockdown.

£79 million to boost mental health in schools

The government has announced that nearly three million children in England to be supported by mental health support teams in schools.

All school-age households to receive two tests per week

Whole families and households with school-age children will be able to test themselves twice every week from home as schools return from 8 March.

Demand for youth services hindered by cuts

Data from UK Youth has highlighted a 66 per cent rise in the demand for youth services which are battling rising costs and a reduction in funding.

£700 million to help students catch up on lost learning

Gavin Williamson has announced a new £700 million plan to help young people in England catch up on lost learning due to the pandemic.

Voters do not trust PM to ease lockdown safely

The Prime Minister has failed to win voters’ trust that he can take England safely out of the coronavirus lockdown, according to a new poll.

New Psychological First Aid training available

Public Health England has announced that new online training is now available for those supporting children and young people affected by coronavirus.

Two thirds of London’s nurseries risk closure

Childcare providers across the capital will struggle to survive the year, with those in deprived areas being at the greatest disadvantage.

Serious child harm cases rise by more than a quarter

The Local Government Association has warned that serious child harm cases reported by councils rise by more than a quarter during pandemic.

£9.4m investment in children’s mental health services

The Welsh Government has announced that more than £9 million will be available specifically to support children and young people.

One in six struggling to afford broadband

New research from Citizens Advice has found that more than one in six people are struggling to afford their broadband during the third lockdown.

Free admission to the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial

The government will provide free entry, in perpetuity, to everyone visiting the proposed new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

New research into benefits of culture and heritage to society

A new programme of research has been announced to improve decision making by valuing the benefits of our culture and heritage capital to society.

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The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

digitech21 will seek to demystify the increasingly complex technology landscape and will showcase a host of public sector best practice case studies and the very best solution providers, each of whom are helping organisations to transform and improve the way in which the public sector delivers services to the citizen.

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