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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.

NSPCC claims abused children lack support

By Tristan Donovan |

20 November 2007

Abused children and young people are being left to struggle alone due to a lack of support services, the NSPCC's director said today.

Poverty group attacks benefit changes

By Tom Lloyd |

20 November 2007

Child poverty campaigners have warned that government plans to reduce the number of people claiming benefit put children's well-being at risk.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has published the evidence that will inform its plans to develop children's services.

A National Centre of Excellence to help housing associations prevent and tackle youth homelessness is being funded by government body the Housing Corporation.

Bill provides new rights for looked-after young people

By Tristan Donovan |

13 November 2007

The government is to ban moving looked-after children out of their local area when it is not in the child's interest as part of a major shake-up of care services.

Estranged teens miss out on benefits

By Alison Bennett |

13 November 2007

Young people are losing out on benefits because Jobcentre staff are not following official guidelines, a benefits expert has told CYP Now.

Professionals are being hindered in their attempts to help disadvantaged families because of working practices and recruitment problems, research has found.