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The number of children looked after by local authorities has increased for the 10th year in a row.According to statistics released by the Department for Education (DfE), at the end of March this year there were 75,420 looked after children in England, up 4% on the previous year (72,590).This represents…
A woman whose husband took their daughter and left her at his family home in Libya is preparing for the latest round of a six-year court fight to get the youngster back.Malgorzata Szymanowicz had left Talia Belaid, who was three months old, with Maher Belaid in November 2012 while she…
Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is facing a potential funding gap of more than £500 million, the Local Government Association estimates.The services in England face a projected shortfall of £536 million - more than double the gap they faced the previous year, according to interim…
Almost a third of nursery nurses and pupil support assistants in Edinburgh do not feel safe at work, according to a survey on violence by unions.The research by Unison and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) found more than half of nursery nurses and pupil support assistants (50.6%) said they…
Ministers could bring in a commissioner to oversee children's services at cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council after an Ofsted report found "serious concerns" about the department.Inspectors said children referred to social care services in the county were "not consistently or effectively assessed, supported or protected" in a letter to chief executive…
Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced multimillion-pound projects aimed at helping poorer families nurture their child's early development at home.Backed by almost £18 million, they will include funding for extra training for health visitors who work with families to identify speech, language and communication needs in young children.The money will…
Gangs operating so-called county lines drug networks are targeting private school children as they are "less likely to raise suspicion", the chief inspector of schools will say on Wednesday.The networks see urban dealers forcing children and other vulnerable people to courier illegal substances to customers in more rural areas and…
The Welsh Government will invest £15m next year to help safely reduce the need for children to enter care and support children in care, Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies announced. As at March 2017, there were 5,954 children in care in Wales, and increase of 5% on the previous year.…
Olly Murs, Craig David and Little Mix are among the stars who have surprised project workers funded by BBC Children In Need for the chance to duet with them.Also taking part in the charity appeal's Project Sing were Sheridan Smith and Alfie Boe, who offered up the chance to take…
People across Wales are being urged by the Welsh Government to act and do more to ensure children and adults are not put at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. To mark the start of Safeguarding Week (12th – 16th November), the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care,…
Council social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge who questioned whether guidelines were followed in a case involving a mother of three who has learning disabilities.Judge Thomas Greensmith has suggested that the lives of the woman's children would have been different if staff at Wirral Borough…
The parents of a dying baby suffered a "horrifically stressful" experience after social services failings deprived them of time with their child, an ombudsman has said.City of York Council social workers were accused of failing to properly review the case of the baby boy, whose parents were placed under strict…
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