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LGA responds to government consultation on unregulated children's homes

"Making the use of unregulated settings for under 16s illegal will not solve the problem if the Government does not, first and foremost, work with councils and providers to make sure that we have enough high quality, registered places for children to live so that we can keep them safe."

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LGA responds to the Children's Society report on ‘county lines’

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to The Children’s Society report on exploitation of children through ‘county lines’ drug dealing operations.

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LGA responds to new programme to protect children at risk of exploitation

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the announcement of a new government programme to protect children at risk of exploitation.

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LGA responds to latest looked after children statistics

"This reinforces the need for new and long-term significant funding for children’s services, which are fast approaching a tipping point and face a funding gap of £3 billion by 2025 just to keep services running at current levels."

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Councils call for urgent action to improve safety in youth offending institutions

Action is urgently needed to make sure children and young people detained in youth offending institutions and secure training centres are safe, council leaders say.