Worcestershire approves SEND Strategy

Worcestershire County Council has approved its SEND Strategy for 2017-2021 to improve outcomes for children with SEND needs.

More than half of councils plan to close children’s centres

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed that over half of councils in England are planning to slash costs by closing children’s centres.

Compulsory mental health counselling for secondary schools

The LGA has said that every secondary school in the country should be given the funding to offer independent mental health counselling to all pupils.

Improvements for fostering system published

A review of foster care in England has been published, recommending greater stability and permanence for young people in foster care.

Government must make young people safer online

The NSPCC has criticised the government for failing to implement half of its recommendations to make young people safer online.

£1m paid to parents in lieu of the tax-free childcare

Because of glitches on the Revenue & Customs website, HMRC has paid almost £1 million to parents in lieu of the tax-free childcare.

Nearly 50,000 children not receiving suitable education

The National Children’s Bureau has raised concerns over the welfare of children missing education in England.

Significant improvement in children’s services in Cumbria

Ofsted inspectors have reported that all services for children provided by Cumbria County Council have improved significantly.

Rotherham children's services 'transformed' since abuse scandal

Ofsted has given Rotherham Council an overall ‘Good’ rating in its latest inspection, following on from its child sexual exploitation scandal.

More than half of children growing up in poverty

New figures have shown that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty.

Liverpool City Council eyes £6.5m for struggling families

Liverpool City Council could get early access to £6.5 million from the government’s Troubled Families initiative to support struggling families.

‘Continued progress’ for Birmingham’s children’s services

An Ofsted report of Birmingham City Council’s children’s services has heralded ‘continued progress’ and improvement in the quality of social work.

Ministers accused of undermining children's centres

New analysis shows that approximately 1,000 children’s centres across England have not been inspected for over five years.

Essex announces £300m budget spending plan

Essex County Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 include investment in the region’s roads, schools and homes.

Children's services receive referral every 49 seconds

The LGA has revealed that there were 646,120 referrals to councils’ children’s services during 2016/17, equaling one referral every 49 seconds.

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