In-Depth

When Jamie Oliver started his campaign to make schools dinners healthier, many children stopped eating them.

In less than six months' time England's Connexions services will come under the control of local authorities. But for many the transition is proving hard as councils make significant cuts in services and funding. Shafik Meghji 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.

Children's Secretary Ed Balls has launched an online campaign and guidance to crack down on cyberbullies - those who use text messages and emails to torment others. But will these new measures prove to be enough, asks Tristan Donovan.

Calls to fund crime prevention work beyond the next six months have coincided with the juvenile secure estate reaching full capacity. Alison Bennett investigates why projects keeping young people away from crime have been left in limbo.

While England starts to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage, in Wales pilots of the Foundation Phase, a new curriculum for children aged three to seven, are well under way. Cathy Wallace gauges the feedback from schools and nurseries.