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Peer mentoring and individual tuition improves the outcomes of care leavers, work by the What Makes the Difference? Project has found.

A truly independent voice is needed to make sure the needs and wishes of looked-after children are properly considered and acted upon, according to an influential group of MPs.

Services working together on commissioning care placements must be open about their spending decisions, new guidance based on the experiences of a number of councils has urged.

Transition support for disabled young

By Sarah Cooper |

25 March 2008

Plans must be drawn up for all disabled young people moving from child to adult services, according to government guidance.

The children's workforce needs to achieve professional status if it is to succeed in driving through reforms to services, the children's minister has said.

Anger management should be addressed in schools

By Sarah Cooper |

20 March 2008

There should be more information and education about anger management in schools, the Mental Health Foundation has said.

A support network for grandparents bringing up children because of drug abuse is to be set up in London.

MPs demand independent advocate for children in care

By Shafik Meghji and Tom Lloyd |

19 March 2008

An influential parliamentary group has called for a "truly independent voice" to make sure the interests of looked-after children are properly represented.

Schools must put children in care first

By Sarah Cooper |

18 March 2008

Local authorities are breaking the law by not prioritising looked-after children for school places and must rectify this immediately, Children's Secretary Ed Balls has said.

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) is calling for the virtual school model proposed in the government's Children's Plan to be adapted to cover health.