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The National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care is conducting a survey of its services and will use the results to help improve in the future.

The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) has launched a project to test new approaches to social work.

Brighton & Hove City Council is to look at how young people's medical and social needs can help reduce school exclusions.

Rise of the parents' commissioner

By Alison Bennett |

04 September 2007

Staffordshire Children's Trust is recruiting what is thought to be the first government-funded "parents' commissioner" to promote the views of parents and carers.

Half of the children in inner London are living in poverty and there has been no sustained improvement in the situation since the year 2000, a report has revealed.

The focus of government efforts to reduce social exclusion is to shift towards work with families as a whole.

Shelter has launched a pioneering service to help homeless children and young people in Bristol, which it claims is the first of its kind.

Social Care: Care providers seek clarity from Bill

By Sarah Cooper |

04 September 2007

An independent group of residential care providers is to meet with government officials to urge them to clarify how the forthcoming Children in Care Bill will meet the needs of children with complex behavioural problems.

Young people who have suffered neglect and abuse will be able to benefit from newly refurbished halfway homes in Kent.

The head of the British Association of Social Workers has accused a Liberal Democrat MP of being "irresponsible" for making claims that social workers are taking children into care to meet government targets.