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For seven years New Labour's flagship Children's Fund has supported vital work with vulnerable children.

Legal aid reforms and poor rates of pay for publicly funded work have led to a shortage of lawyers for vulnerable children. With large numbers of experienced professionals now leaving the sector, Sarah Cooper reports on the potential impact.

The Children's Plan, unveiled last month, sets out strategies to improve services for children, young people and their families over the next ten years. Here, CYP Now extracts the main points in the plan and asks the sector for its reaction.

The government plans to fund pilot programmes next year that will evaluate the effectiveness of European-style social pedagogy in residential care.

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.