- 15 updates
Children’s Minister Sarah Teather MP told Daybreak that the Government's new commission will take into account the two childcare issues that parents are most concerned about - affordability and cost:
"They want to make sure it's affordable but they also want to know that if they leave their child in a nursery or with a childminder they're going to be safe and they're going to learn and develop."
The Childrens' Society, which has released a report today into children running away from care homes, tweeted:
Jonathan Stanley, the head of the Independent Children's Homes Association, has said that it is sometimes beneficial to move troubled children to a care home further afield.
He told ITV News that figures on children who are transferred out of their local authority need to be understood better:
Labour MP Paul Goggins has urged the Further Education Minister John Hayes to discuss with the Home Office the importance of keeping the details of all trafficked children who go missing on the Police National Database.
He said this was important so "they are not forgotten and so that if, for example, they turn up in a cannabis factory, they can be treated immediately as victims rather than criminals".
The Earl of Listowel, vice chairman of the All-party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers, has said that today's reports underlines how variable standards of care across the country are:
Deputy Chief Inspector of Ofsted, John Goldup, has told ITV News Ofsted is not a 'tick-box' organisation, stating its inspections are focused on the quality of the care provided for children.
He also welcomes Ministers calls for an inquiry into the care system, describing their report as "thoughtful and helpful".
The chair of the all-party parliamentary group for runaway and missing children and adults, Ann Coffey, explained the group's inquiry found scores of children go missing from care each year and the authorities don't know where they are.
Latest ITV News reports
MPs want an investigation into England's children's homes which, they say, are failing to protect youngsters who run away or go missing.