For the LGA, good mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults is an absolute priority. Councils have responsibilities for children’s mental health through their children’s and public health services, as well as their role on health and wellbeing boards and as local system leaders.
Looking after and protecting children and young people isn’t just up to the lead member or director of children’s services – we need everyone looking out for our most vulnerable children and young people, and every councillor has a role to play in embedding the corporate parenting principles and doing all they can to support children in care to live meaningful and fulfilling lives.
In February 2019, the Local Government Association (LGA) invited all lead members for children’s services in England to complete a short survey about the current pressures facing children’s social care in their local areas.
We know local leaders want to help their communities stay healthy and receive the best possible care. Our support offer is designed to help them transform social care, health and integration, and lead health improvement and prevention locally.
Drinking to excess takes a huge toll on individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Councils are working hard to minimise this by commissioning high-quality lifestyle and behaviour change services, as well as treatment for those experiencing alcohol dependence.
This guide outlines the current loneliness policy context, uses a range of case studies to demonstrate effective local delivery models working in practice, and provides useful check lists and top tips on how to measure and evaluate outputs.
Infrastructure plays a critical role supporting local communities and the local economy. It can unlock an area’s potential, enable residents to access new education, skills, and work opportunities, support local retail and business areas, and increase the viability of new sites for homes and businesses.