'Must knows' for lead members for children's services

The 'Must knows' are a long-standing source of information and support for lead members for children's services. The suite of information focuses on the key issues facing lead members for children's services and the current and planned reforms impacting on children's services.


The 'Must knows' are a long-standing source of information and support for lead members for children's services. The suite of information was comprehensively revised for 2015 and focuses on the key issues facing lead members for children's services and the current and planned reforms impacting on children's services.

Must know: education
Despite considerable changes in national education policy and school organisation over recent years, councils retain the bulk of their statutory duties. They have a key role as champions of educational excellence for all children and young people in their areas.

Must know: special educational needs and disability
Councils, schools, colleges and health services must work together to support children and young people with special needs and disabilities.

Must know: youth services
Councils have a statutory duty to ‘secure, so far is reasonably practicable, equality of access for all young people to the positive, preventative and early help they need to improve their wellbeing', and to enable young people to lead their local offer. There are no longer separate inspections of local authority youth services.

Must know: what happens if your children's services are judged inadequate by Ofsted?
A council children's services department is likely to face central government intervention following an As lead member you hold political responsibility for the leadership, strategy and effectiveness of council children’s services and will work closely with the director of children’s services who carries the professional accountability.

Chief executives' 'must know' for children's services
This publication has been shaped by chief executives who are either former directors of children’s services or for other reasons have been closely associated with leading improvement journeys in council children’s services.