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.
The LGA welcomes comments on the proposals in this paper from our member councils and from our partners in the voluntary and private sectors. In parallel, we will also seek the views of children and young people, working with the British Youth Council.
The Local Authorities Research Consortium's (LARC) have completed their latest round of research into early intervention and children experiencing neglect.
The Bill has now completed its Parliamentary process and is awaiting Royal Assent before it becomes law. This is expected to be in mid-March when commencement dates for implementing the various provisions of the new law will be confirmed.
20 February 2014
The Early Intervention Foundation focuses on evaluating and advising on interventions which provide babies, children and young adults with a solid social and emotional foundation.
The LGA offers a number of diagnostic tools in children's social care to help councils understand their own performance.
Councils are to receive £755 million of Government funding to provide 15 hours a week of free childcare for the most disadvantaged two-year-olds from September next year.
23 January 2014
Councillor Martin Tett (Con) and Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council talks about making a difference to young lives.
23 December 2013
Cllr David Simmonds, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to the Department for Education's announcement of new interactive adoption maps and funding.
All children in care will be able to stay with their foster families after they turn 18 following a £40 million funding boost and a new legal duty on councils to provide support.
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.