The 2004 Children Act made local authorities responsible for ensuring and overseeing the effective delivery of services for children, working closely with others. They must also promote children's welfare and well-being as defined by the five outcomes.
The LGA works with local authorities, including lead members for children's services, to deliver better outcomes for children and young people.
10 December 2013
A Lords' amendment to the Children and Families Bill will prevent the Education Secretary from removing councils from the process of recruiting adopters without Parliamentary approval.
4 December 2013
Responding to an announcement by Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson of a £40 million fund to put support arrangements in place for a new legal duty to provide financial support for every young person who wants to stay with their foster parents until they are 21.
28 November 2013
Over the next three years, all local authority children's services will be inspected under Ofsted's single inspection framework.
28 November 2013
Children in England continue to be sexually exploited in and by gangs and groups, and authorities responsible for their safety are not doing enough to protect them, says a report from the Children's Commissioner for England.
As part of its sector-led support to councils on children's services, the LGA offers a number of diagnostic tools in children's social care to help councils understand their own performance and know where they need to improve.
Read about the MsUnderstood Partnership and its work in the areas of peer-on-peer exploitation, teenage relationship abuse, serious youth and gang-associated violence.
Fosterline, funded by the Department for Education and delivered by FosterTalk, provides confidential, impartial, advice information and signposting on the broad range of issues of concern to foster carers and those interested in fostering.
26 November 2013
Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to the Office of the Children's Commissioner's inquiry into CSE
14 November 2013
Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to Michael Gove.
12 November 2013
Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association Children and Young People Board responds to Michael Gove's speech on social care.