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Junior children's minister Kevin Brennan has admitted he does not know if the government will reach its target of halving the number of children in poverty by 2010.

More and more children in Scotland are being referred to social services, government figures reveal.

Government initiatives to tackle health inequalities have had little impact and more needs to be done to reduce infant mortality rates for those from poorer backgrounds, according the NHS Confederation.

GP-style practices must be accountable

By Sarah Cooper |

02 October 2007

The Local Government Association has called for clarity on who will be held accountable for the activities of the new social work practices.

Academies still snub special needs

By Nancy Rowntree |

02 October 2007

Academies are still refusing to admit children with special educational needs (SEN), a leading education barrister has said.

The Howard League for Penal Reform has made a child protection complaint against Werrington Young Offender Institution.

Children's charity NCH has called for more money to be spent on supporting social work staff.

The government is consulting on a new drugs strategy in England and Wales to take into account changes in the past decade.

Children's minister Beverly Hughes has said that reducing child poverty "has to be the number one priority for the government".

Government officials and care providers have met to discuss concerns about government plans to keep looked-after children in their own local authority.