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Reports published by two children's charities show that while Wales is making sound progress on children's rights policy, England is failing to achieve recommendations set out by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Sarah Cooper reports.

With the reforms in the Children and Young Persons Bill the government hopes to give looked-after children and young people a better future. But do the measures go far enough to make a real difference to these children? Ruth Smith reports.

A report published by the National Children's Bureau has found that social workers and hospital staff remain professionally isolated and young lives are being adversely affected by the lack of communication. Mathew Little asks if a shake-up is needed.

A project in Lambeth aims to help the borough's homeless black and minority ethnic young people by providing accommodation and support from members of the local community. Joe Lepper explores how the scheme, launched by the YMCA, will work.

The latest statistics on the Child Support Agency have confirmed the lack of progress on getting parents the maintenance they and their children are owed. But will the agency's proposed replacement shape up better? Tristan Donovan reports.

The government has unveiled its spending plans for the next three years and outlined where chunks of public money will go.

CYP Now deputy news editor Cathy Wallace was one of the panellists at a Conservative Party conference fringe event on childcare and child poverty last week. She found plenty of challenges facing the childcare sector and the government.

Faced with the prospect of a snap general election, the Conservative Party used its annual conference to set out its stall, outlining a raft of new policies for children, young people and families. Sarah Cooper reports from the conference floor and fringe.

Aside from the speculation frenzy about a snap general election, there was a discernible shift in Labour's tone last week towards the nation's young. Cathy Wallace galloped round the conference fringe to sample the mood in the post-Blair era.

Environmental policy and discussions about Menzies Campbell's future as leader may have dominated the headlines but as Nancy Rowntree reports, getting children out of poverty was also a key focus at last week's Liberal Democrat conference.