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Half of children have not attained their expected level of development when they move on from reception to their first year of school, new figures suggest. Only 52% of five-year-olds in England have reached a "good" level of development, the data shows. As few as 28% of children have reached…
Children should receive compulsory relationship lessons in order to prevent violence against women, Yvette Cooper has said, in the wake of the Rotherham abuse scandal. The shadow home secretary suggested the lessons should be included in the curriculum to help change attitudes, as she insisted a "massive culture change" was…
Five out of 1,000 children in the UK will not live until their fifth birthday, reports Dick Skellington. There is a growing scandal in British society we tend to turn our back on – the growing plight of children in cut-stricken Britain. Even the SNP campaign for Scottish independence has…
Parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs in Scotland can now access an interactive 'map of provision' which shows what services are available in their area. The map called 'Find a Service' was developed by Enquire amd features 20 different categories of 1000 services for…
This Apprenticeship is for people who work with children – from birth to 16-year-olds (and their families) – in settings or services whose main purpose is children’s care, learning and development. Workers in this area make sure children are looked after, kept active, happy and nourished. They also help children…
England lags behind developing countries like Romania, Algeria, Brazil and South Africa when it comes to how happy and satisfied its children are, according to new research from The Children’s Society. The Good Childhood Report 2014 – which brings together the latest international and domestic evidence based on the views…
All children in state-funded schools in England would receive sex and relationships education from the age of seven under Liberal Democrat plans. The "age-appropriate" classes would form part of a "curriculum for life", including education about managing money and citizenship lessons. The plan would mean that personal, social and health…
Children's mental health services urgently need a complete overhaul if young people are to receive better support and care, council leaders have warned. The Local Government Association, which represents over 370 councils across England and Wales, believes that only full reform of the mental health system can now ensure improvement.…
The Care Council for Wales (CCW) has launched a consultation on the Best Practice Guidance for learning and assessment in social care, the care of children and young people and early years in Wales. The CCW is calling on learning providers, assessors, verifiers, teachers and lectures in social care, early…
A Review of Inclusive Play in Scotland was identified as a high priority within the National Play Strategy Action Plan (2013), recognising that all children in Scotland have the right to play. The Plan particularly mentions the play rights of disabled children and young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.…
A fresh definition of the skills and knowledge required by child and family social workers has been unveiled by the Chief Social Worker for Children and Families as part of the "most significant transformation" of the profession "in a generation", the Department for Education has said. For the first time…
All schoolchildren adopted from care are to benefit from £20 million of additional pupil premium money to get the support they need to thrive at school - helping around an extra 10,000 pupils, the government has announced. The extension of the funding, worth £1,900 per pupil, will help to close…
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