A scheme is being piloted which will give parents access to job advisors in children’s centres to help them move into employment.
The project will complement a scheme which is currently being run where parents have access to advice on tax benefits at the centres.
From January 2009 the pilot, which will take place in 30 centres, will test the benefits of giving parents access to an advisor this way.
Kitty Ussher, child poverty minister, said the government remains committed to eradicating poverty for young people.
"There are also 50,000 free childcare places are available to help unemployed parents whilst they are training to return to work," she added.
Centres in Westminster, Lambeth, Nottingham, Sandwell, Southampton, Redcar and Cleveland, Somerset, Blackpool, Kingston-upon-Hull and Ealing have been chosen for the scheme.
In other news, the current financial crisis is forcing mothers to go back to work earlier than they would like, according to new research by Workingmums.co.uk.