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The Prime Minister has apologised to families who receive child benefit, after disks containing their details went missing.

A coalition of non-governmental organisations has called on the Welsh Assembly Government to do more to promote children's rights.

The government has failed to follow UN recommendations made in 2002 to improve children's rights, a report by the Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) has claimed.

Children better off today, says study

By Tom Lloyd |

20 November 2007

A government review has rejected claims that children and young people today are worse off than their predecessors.

Parents could be charged for children's social services under plans under consideration by Monmouthshire County Council.

Councils to be liable for new practices

By Ruth Smith |

20 November 2007

Local authorities will be ultimately accountable for the controversial social work practices, the government has confirmed.

The government is to create an independent appeals system for foster carers who are rejected by fostering agencies.

The Liberal Democrats have criticised the government's plan to give itself more time to decide whether to introduce a compulsory registration scheme for private fostering arrangements.

Local authorities will be able to provide longer-term payments to relatives who care for children under plans in the Children and Young Persons Bill.

Disabled are denied advocacy services

By Helen Gilbert |

20 November 2007

Children's charities have slammed the Children and Young Persons Bill for failing to give every disabled child placed away from home a legal right to advocacy services.