£15m to place children outside of Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council has spent more than £15 million since the start of April placing children in care homes in other parts of the country.

£160m on school transport for SEND pupils

Councils spent more than £160 million last year on taxis and private hire vehicles to transport children with SEND to and from schools.

Number of children in care rises again

Latest figures show that there were 75,420 looked-after children in England at the end of March this year.

Half a billion funding gap risk for SEND

New research has warned that support for children with SEND is facing a potential funding gap of more than half a billion pounds.

Commissioner proposed for Northamptonshire children's services

The government has proposed the appointment of a commissioner to oversee improvements at Northamptonshire County Council.

£15m to expand children’s care in Wales

The Welsh Government will invest £15 million next year to help safely reduce the need for children to enter care.

Barnado’s to collaborate with council on children’s services

Barnardo’s is set to work with Leicestershire County Council in a trailblazing project to help improve the lives of children and families.

Free childcare scheme questioned as fees rise

The free childcare scheme is being questioned again as more than half of private nurseries have increased their fees in the past year.

Figures highlight worrying volume of child care cases

The Local Government Association has revealed that social workers are starting new cases for more than 1,000 children each day.

Government sleepwalking into public health crisis

A leading charity has issued a strong call to action to government regarding a lack of funding for information on air pollution.

Increasing safeguarding pressures highlighted in report

A new study has found a substantial increase in calls from the public and professionals worried about a child.

Children’s social care spending overspends by £800m

New analysis shows that children’s social care spending exceeded budgets by £800 million last year.

Investment in reading would combat loneliness

Two organisations are calling on the government to £200 million in using reading to combat loneliness.

Public sector workers more stressed than private

New research has revealed that public sector workers are more likely to suffer from stress than those in the private sector.

Healthier starts dues to improved breakfast clubs

Thousands more school children are receiving a healthier and more nutritious start to the day at a new or improved school breakfast club.

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