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Ofsted chief defends inspection processes

By Cathy Wallace |

12 December 2007

The head of inspectorate Ofsted has said she is very secure about the processes used in this year's annual performance assessment of local authorities.

Children's Plan: Government to tackle obesity

By Tristan Donovan |

11 December 2007

The government has pledged to reduce the proportion of overweight and obese children to the same level as in the year 2000 by 2020.

The government has promised to invest 1bn pounds in services for children and young people over the next three years.

A Kent project that helps the children of parents addicted to drugs and alcohol may be forced to close early next year because of a lack of money.

The government is set to name 25 local authorities that will pilot a project to improve mental health work in schools.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a campaign for medicines to be better tailored to children's needs.

NMC approves controversial changes

By Sarah Cooper |

11 December 2007

The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has pushed ahead with plans to change the way professionals register in a move health union Unite claims will dumb down the role of health visitors and school nurses.

King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry has joined forces with health union Unite to examine depression in school-aged children.

The government's forthcoming drug strategy needs to ensure drug prevention education is a staple part of school life, according to a survey of teenagers.

The government is to create a national helpline for parents similar to NHS Direct to help deliver its vision of a new relationship with parents.