England’s care system is failing children. This new overhaul is based on a middle-class fantasy by Rebekah Pierre

Like a protective sibling, I am the first to both criticise and defend the care system. It failed and saved me in equal measure. In adult life, I returned to it as a social worker. I know its flaws and its...

Autism diagnosis six years longer for girls, research finds

“I knew I always felt different, but I didn’t know I was autistic.” For Rhiannon Lloyd-Williams, it would take until she was 35 to learn just why she felt different. Now research by Swansea...

Commissioner criticises ‘chaotic’ Birmingham SEND services in first report

Birmingham City Council’s failure to improve support services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is creating a “deeply worrying” situation that could impact on the...

Record 420,000 children a month in England treated for mental health problems

More than 400,000 children and young people a month are being treated for mental health problems – the highest number on record – prompting warnings of an unprecedented crisis in the wellbeing of under-18s...

How a parents-first approach to child services in north-west England is getting results

New Beginnings gives social workers the time to develop relationships with the families they help Read the full article on this link to The Guardian Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new...

Surge in number of children with EHCPS

The total number of children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) has increased by more than 40,000 over the last year, latest figures from the Department for Education show. As of January 2022, there were...