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Ofsted's annual report last week showed that there have been improvements across the sector, but it also flagged up areas of significant concern. Ross Watson examines what the findings mean for the children and young people's workforce.

The drive to improve child and adolescent mental health services took a step forward last week with the publication of an independent review ordered by ministers in last year's Children's Plan. Joe Lepper asks whether it will make a difference.

The Audit Commission last week attacked the current state of children's trusts, prompting serious questions about what the future holds. Lauren Higgs investigates.

The banking system is in crisis, the economy is on the edge of recession and unemployment is rising fast.

Analysis: Youth justice - Does mentoring cut reoffending?

By Alison Bennett |

16 September 2008

Charities claim mentoring schemes can prevent young prisoners reoffending after they are released, but this support isn't widely available. Alison Bennett looks at the arguments for and against a central strategy for mentoring in custody.

The government has endorsed the recommendations of MP John Bercow's review of services to help children with speech, language and communication difficulties. Ben Cook hears what experts in the field think about the proposals.

For the first time, the Department of Health has provided a detailed breakdown of child-health indicators at local level. Joe Lepper examines the figures and finds out what lessons can be learnt from the best and worst areas in the country.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families celebrates its first anniversary this week. Here, CYP Now brings together a team of senior figures from the sector to deliver their verdicts on how the department has fared during its first 12 months.

Ofsted's report examining 2007's annual performance assessments of local children's services paints a disappointing picture of progress on children's outcomes. Joe Lepper finds out why there is still much progress to be made on Every Child Matters.

Last week saw the last of England's 10 strategic health authorities unveil its 10-year plan for improving NHS services.