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Work and pensions secretary Peter Hain has announced plans for a dedicated unit to oversee the government's efforts to reduce child poverty.

The junior children's minister and the shadow children's secretary have rejected calls by young people for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to be integrated into UK law.

Children's services risk being guilty of "colour blindness" by putting all black and ethnic minority groups into one category, a government study has warned.

The Northern Ireland Executive unveiled its first draft Budget last week, which included plans to boost education spending and a pledge to meet child poverty targets.

Family law reform ups ante on workers

By Sarah Cooper |

30 October 2007

Social workers will face increased pressure when a new system for dealing with family law cases comes into force next April, a lawyer has warned.

South London YMCA is offering young black people a way out of homelessness and crime in a scheme thought to be the first of its kind.

Children at risk of running away or of sexual exploitation can get help from a support project launched in Newcastle yesterday (30 October).

A guide for young carers is to be handed out in schools and youth clubs in Essex.

A website enabling eight- to 11-year-olds to learn about internet safety through a "cybercafe" has been launched by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

The Brathay Hall Trust has won a three-year contract to lead a multi-agency team development programme to help integrate children's services in northern England.