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* The Who Cares? Trust ( works to improve the day-to-day lives of the 60,000 children and young people in public care throughout the UK. Tel: 020 7251 3117. It also publishes a range of resources including the magazine Who Cares?, posters and literacy packs.

* Who Cares? Scotland ( Tel: 0141 400 6363.

* BAAF Adoption and Fostering ( Tel: 020 7593 2000.

* Barnardo's ( Tel: 020 8550 8822.

* ChildLine ( is a confidential counselling telephone service for children. Lines open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Helpline: 0800 1111.

* Voice for the Child in Care ( offers advocacy services for children in care and secure accommodation. Tel: 020 7833 5792.

* Children and Young People's Unit (

* Social Exclusion Unit ( The unit's "knowledge pool" contains extensive information about the education of children in public care.

* A Better Education for Children in Care (Social Exclusion Unit) 2003.

* - all the official government statistics surrounding children in public care.

For a full list of resources, see

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