Health visitors warn of ‘child tragedy’ fears as caseloads rise

More than four in every 10 health visitors in England feel so stretched they “fear a tragedy” at some point, research has found. A survey of more than 1,200 health visitors found that 43 per cent...

Spending on children’s centres falls by £110m

Spending on children’s centres has fallen by £110m over the last financial year, a drop of more than 14 per cent, government figures have revealed. A consultation on the future of Sure Start...

DfE announces drive to place more looked-after children in boarding schools

More children in care are to be offered places at boarding schools as part of a new government drive, the Department for Education has announced. The DfE wants more looked-after children to be placed in...

Majority of struggling parents ‘put off work’ due to childcare costs

The majority of parents on a low income are being put off work due to childcare costs, leaving children missing out on quality early years education that can boost their prospects, a study has found. Childcare...

Call to end unnecessary criminalisation of children in care

The government is urging councils, the police and courts across England to sign up to an agreement aimed at reducing the unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children and care leavers. The national...

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Spending on children’s centres falls by £110m

Spending on children’s centres has fallen by £110m over the last financial year, a drop of more than 14 per cent, government figures have revealed. A consultation on the future of Sure Start children’s centres was announced in 2015 but...