Young adult carers’ housing needs still overlooked

The housing needs of young adult carers are still being overlooked, according to a review by education and training think-tank the Learning & Work Institute. The institute warns that “unsustainable caring arrangements and breakdowns in...

SEND system is ‘unsustainable’, says NAO

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are not getting the support they need as councils and schools battle to cope with the twin threat of rising demand and funding pressures, according to a National Audit Office (NAO)...

Media ‘whipping up hatred’ of transgender children, youth sector warns

Elements of the national media are using unfounded prejudice to stir up hate and create a climate of fear for transgender children, leading youth organisations have warned. An open letter published by youth charity Woodcraft Folk, and signed by six...

Child poverty

Buttle UK has released findings from a survey of 1,290 child support workers from 616 organisations looking at their experiences of education for children and young people in poverty across the UK. Findings include: 79% of frontline workers report...

Children’s manifesto 

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a manifesto for children calling on political parties to include a six-point plan in any upcoming election manifestos to transform the life chances for children in England. The six pledges...

Children whose mothers are in prison

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report looking at the harm caused to children whose mothers are in prison in England and Wales. The report finds that the child’s right to respect for family life is not always taken into account...

Safeguarding in faith communities

The NSPCC has released the latest episode of its child protection podcast series. This week’s episode focuses on what safeguarding means to faith communities and groups. The podcast discusses the important role faith communities play in children and...

Social work practice

  What Works for Children’s Social Care has published interim reports on pilots in three local authorities in England investigating whether devolved budgets, which give social workers decision-making control of discretionary budgets to work...

Homeless children

  The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report on the numbers of children growing up in homeless families. Analysis of data to create national estimates of the numbers of children living in temporary accommodation for extended...

The Good Childhood Report 2019

The reality of modern childhood While most enjoy their childhood, young people are becoming increasingly unhappy with their friends, school and appearance. They struggle as a result of their family finances and worry about what their future might be...