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The second and final part of the Sixth Special Commission to review the practical operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction and 1996 Hague Child Protection Conventions has come to a close, where hundreds of experts from around the world gathered in the Academy Building of the Peace Palace to examine and discuss policy matters pertaining to both Conventions.

The Department of Work and Pension has announced that an extra £20 million will be made available to support separated and separating families as part of the reforms to mend the broken child support system.

Over half (51%) of social workers, and a third of police officers (36%) report feeling 'powerless' to intervene in suspected cases of child neglect, according to a landmark report by children's charity, Action for Children.

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller promised a new child maintenance system that was "fairer for children" as she announced proposals to remove the exemption from maintenance liability for some part-time public servants.

Detailed proposals for the new statutory child maintenance scheme have been published, which include plans to increase the amount of maintenance paid by parents on state benefits and others declaring low incomes.

The charity, Family Lives, has reported that calls to its Parentline regarding the aggressive behaviour of children have increased by 2%, but only 56% of respondents to an online survey had sought help for their child’s problem.

The charity, Families Need Fathers (FNF), has claimed that the recommendations made in the final report of the Family Justice Review are inadequate to address the deep-seated problems at the heart of the family justice system, and are unlikely to improve outcomes for children or their families.

A quarter of child runaways have been the victim of a harmful or dangerous experience, reveals new research from The Children’s Society.

Recent figures released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have shown that the Service received 841 care applications during October 2011.

Recent research by single parent charity Gingerbread has found that thousands of families could be helped out of poverty if there were a greater number of effective child maintenance agreements in place.

Rising unemployment, and growing substance misuse, neglect and mental health issues are leaving already vulnerable families at breaking point and frontline support services struggling to pick up the pieces, warns a new report by Action for Children.

The Department for Education has released statistics showing a 2% increase in the number of children in care, combined with a 5% decrease in the number of children who are adopted.

Advocacy for disabled children and young people can lead to considerable improvements for them and their families, yet many are missing out on this vital support, says a new report from The Children’s Society.

New survey results show that almost half of single parents currently using the Child Support Agency – as polled by charity Gingerbread - could not afford to pay the fees proposed to access the new child maintenance service.

A children's charity has expressed concerns that the Government's proposed legal aid cuts will lead to at least 6,000 vulnerable children being excluded from receiving the legal support they desperately need.

Recent figures from the HM Courts and Tribunal service have revealed a sharp rise in the number of care and supervision orders being heard by the family courts, reports the Law Society Gazette. There have also been record numbers of care applications made to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).

UK charities Gingerbread and Barnardo’s are highlighting research evaluating the Child Maintenance Options Service which supports their concerns around Government proposals to charge parents up to £100 for access to the Child Support Agency (CSA).

A national parenting charity has reported a high number of calls to its evening telephone helpline. Families Need Fathers is a shared parenting charity, which helps parents whose relationship with their children is at risk following divorce or separation.

Recent figures released by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission have revealed that a record 868,700 children are receiving maintenance payments through the Child Support Agency (CSA).

Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner, is championing the development of a blueprint for advocacy services to help vulnerable children. The blueprint will help to ensure that these children have ready access to professionals and services that can support them in having a real say in decisions affecting their lives, under the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Children.