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School children

LGA: Make school-based counselling available to all children to tackle rising child mental health issues

School-based counselling needs to be available and fully funded by the Government in all state funded secondary schools and academies to help support rising numbers of children and young people reporting mental health issues during COVID-19, the Local Government Association urges today.

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LGA: ‘No referral’ early support hubs needed nationwide to help tackle rise in mental health issues in young people

Early support hubs which allow young people to access mental health support without referrals should be made available nationwide to help tackle a rise in mental health issues during the pandemic.

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LGA responds to Royal College of Psychiatrists report on children’s mental health

“The pandemic has exacerbated existing mental health issues among children but even before this, the number of children referred to mental health services soared by nearly 60 per cent between 2017/18 and 2019/20. "

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LGA responds to launch of Young Lives Commission

Council-run youth services have a vital role to play in helping young people avoid being drawn into harmful and dangerous situations. However, these services have seen funding reduced by more than two-thirds in real terms since 2010, which means limited funding for prevention work is being diverted into services to protect children who are at immediate risk of harm.

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LGA responds to NAHT survey on school funding

The long-term funding of schools has become more vital after they have incurred considerable additional costs due to COVID-19, the impacts of which will be with children and young people for years to come.

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Serious child harm cases reported by councils rise by nearly a fifth

​​​​​​​New figures show that serious child-related incidents reported by councils have risen by almost a fifth in the past year, the Local Government Association reveals today.

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LGA responds to launch of government adoption strategy

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to the publication of DfE's Adoption Strategy.

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LGA: Cross-government strategy needed for children and young people

“Our young people will feel the impact of the pandemic for many years to come and it will be more important than ever to make sure that the right approaches are taken to help families."

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LGA: More girls being recruited and horrifically abused by county lines drug gangs

Girls and young women are being deliberately and increasingly recruited into drug-dealing ‘county lines’ gangs and subjected to horrific acts of sexual violence, the Local Government Association warns today.

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LGA: Children need to be at heart of national recovery

“The pandemic has taken its toll on children and young people, including their education and social routines, but this disruption has been worse for those with special educational needs and disabilities"