• 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.

Children and Young People Board

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Our ambition for children and young people

The LGA report, 'Our ambition for children and young people' aims to support a radical rewiring of local public services. It sets out four high level ambitions and groups 'core measures' underneath them. This is intended to provide a starting point and framework for local discussions with partners about how to join up services for children and young people around their needs and aspirations and how to measure success locally.

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Councils back creation of 'Cinderella law'

4 June 2014

Councillor David Simmonds, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, has responded to the creation of the new offence of causing psychological harm to children through parental neglect.

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Delegating authority to those caring for looked-after children

The DfE has recently published new guidance to councils on local policies on the delegation of day-to-day decision making from social workers to those caring for looked-after children.

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LGA/SOLACE response to powers to delegate children's social care functions

The Local Government Association (LGA) and SOLACE support the principle of greater flexibility for local authorities to deliver services in the way that works best for local children and young people.

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Protecting young runaways

New statutory guidance on children who run away or go missing from home or care was published in January 2014.

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SOLACE report on 'reclaiming children's services'

Cllr Nick Forbes of the LGA comments on SOLACE's recently published (May) report on 'Reclaiming children's services', which calls for a national conversation on the future of Children's services.

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Fostering misconceptions

22 May 2014

Less than a third of the UK adult population (28 per cent) think they would be likely to be accepted as foster carers were they to apply within the next two years, according to a poll published by the charity Fostering Network.

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School run near-misses

22 May 2014

Over two-fifths of parents say their child has had a near-miss traffic accident going to or from school, according to a poll commissioned by the transport charity Sustrans, with road safety (44 per cent) a bigger concern than ‘stranger danger' (28 per cent.)

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Early Intervention: demonstration projects

22 May 2014

The Early Intervention Foundation's Pioneering Places are each working on a ‘demonstration project' – something new or innovative they are doing locally to develop the evidence base and arguments for early intervention

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Preventing problems

22 May 2014

Early intervention to help children in tough circumstances develop into healthy and successful adults is the smart choice for scarce public money, writes Carey Oppenheim.