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Professionals working with children should be required by law to report any suspicions they have about child abuse, the former director of public prosecutions has said.

A staff development project has been improving support for families affected by substance misuse. Ruth Thomson takes a closer look.

Ofsted's new early years inspection framework, which comes into force on 4 November, will focus on safeguarding, safety and teaching.

One in seven local authorities in England has 'inadequate' child protection arrangements, according to a new report by Ofsted.

The Welsh Assembly's draft budget includes more money for the Flying Start scheme in a bid to to help up to 36,000 vulnerable families with young children.

Ofsted has published a new single inspection framework for inspecting local authority children's services.

Once again the early years sector is reeling after failings in a nursery's management are blamed for allowing horrific crimes to go undetected.

Failings in a nursery's management and by Ofsted and a local authority meant that concerns about a nursery assistant who raped a toddler were missed.

The Pre-School Learning Alliance has branded the new Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) a disaster after learning that volunteers had wrongly paid for their checks.

Childminder agencies are being rushed in despite fundamental flaws, argues Neil Leitch