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Territorialism is rife within education, healthcare and social work and misunderstandings about practices and language can get in the way of the objectives of joint working. Daniel Martin reveals how we can learn to get along.

NUMBERS GAME: Leisure time

| February 04, 2004

Fruit and veg are struggling to compete in the diets of schoolchildren, whether or not they know about guidelines to eat five pieces a day.

The Countryside Agency has published a report highlighting examples of the ways Sure Start has helped children living in rural areas. It includes case studies of projects in Berwick and West Somerset. To download a copy, visit: www.countryside.gov.uk.

Leading think-tanks have suggested measures to tackle child poverty in a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Public money would be more effectively spent if childcare costs were split between the state and the individual, according to the objective of the care, says a report by a leading think-tank.

Bedfordshire County Council has appointed consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers to help with problems in its social services department following criticism from a second Social Services Inspectorate report. The report, which was based on an inspection last October, said the council had made "insufficient improvement" since June 2002.

Welsh health minister Jane Hutt has called for a review of the country's child and adolescent mental health services following criticisms in the annual report of the Children's Commissioner for Wales, Peter Clarke.

The trafficking of children into Britain for sexual exploitation or forced labour is likely to become the biggest child protection issue since the internet boosted the activities of paedophiles, a conference of social workers was told this week.

The leader of a Government taskforce has proposed health and social services should be located on every school site.

Edinburgh City Council has insisted the main purpose of a meeting with the Scottish Executive last week was not to ask for help with funding a restructure of its social services department.