• 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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Children and young people

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The LGA has surveyed assistant directors and heads of Children's Social Care on FGM referrals to children's services, the source of these referrals, and how councils currently respond.

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Children and young people

Children's social care innovation programme

A range of organisations have responded to the DfE's call for proposals, with exciting ideas on how outcomes for our most vulnerable children might be transformed.

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Children and young people

Child sexual exploitation: awareness raising resource

Protecting children is one of the most important things councils do. This resource brings together resources to help councils raise awareness of child sex exploitation within their own organisation, local partners and communities. Raising awareness of this type of abuse is essential to preventing and stopping it early when it does happen.

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Children and young people

LGA responds to Home Affairs Select Committee Report on tackling FGM

2 July 2014

Cllr Ann Lucas, Chair of the Local Government Association's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, has responded to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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Community safety

Forced marriages

19 June 2014

Forcing somebody into marriage became a legal offence in the UK this week, punishable by up to seven years in prison.

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Children and young people

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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Children and young people

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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Children and young people

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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Children and young people

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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Children and young people

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.)