Coronavirus: ChildLine reveals ‘unprecedented’ demand

There has been a sharp rise in the number of calls to its helpline from distressed young people struggling to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor unveils new coronavirus measures in Liverpool

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has unveiled an initial package of measures aimed at easing the coronavirus burden on local people.

As schools close, government lists ‘critical workers’

Frontline health staff, people involved in food production and  utility workers are among a list of workers said to be ‘essential’.

More support needed or nurseries will close

Thousands of nurseries are set to close unless the government provides more financial support to sustain them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Government must clarify critical worker status

The BSIA is urgently calling on the government to clarify the status of critical workers in light of the closure of UK schools.

Williamson announces school closures in England

Gavin Williamson has told the House of Commons that schools in England will close after the end of the school day on Friday.

Free childcare offers to continue during Covid-19 closures

Funding for the government’s early years entitlements will continue during any periods of nursery, preschool or childminder closures.

Better play streets support can tackle loneliness

Resident-organised playing out sessions are a proven way for children to meet and play with each other and tackle global isolation.

School exclusions being driven by ‘perverse incentives’

'Perverse incentives’ are driving an alarming trend of schools excluding pupils to boost their league table standings.

School dinners ‘led to fall in childhood obesity rates’

A new University of Essex study has found that free school meals is a useful weapon in the fight against childhood obesity.

Safeguarding system needs to do more against abuse

An independent panel has argued that the safeguarding system needs to do more to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Poor local transport linked to struggling schools

There is an alarming overlap between places in England with slow public transport and places with struggling secondary schools.

UK in danger of failing a generation of children

The RCPCH has warned that the UK is in danger of ‘failing a generation’ of children, with progress of health well-being having stalled.

Youth services key to cutting crime and loneliness

Over half of young people feel that a primary purpose of youth services should be to keep young people off the streets.

The LGA has warned that reductions in adult education funding have coincided with a drop of 3.8 million adult learners since 2010.

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