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Unit to tackle primary disaffection

VULNERABLE primary pupils are the target of the new Children and Young People's Unit. Based at the Department for Education and Employment, the unit will oversee a pound;450 million fund to help troubled children out of poverty and disaffection.

The aim s to tackle problems early through mentoring, truancy prevention, out-of-school activities and parenting schemes. It follows research showing that not enough is done to stop children aged 5 to 13 from falling into truancy, crime and drug use.

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