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Must knows children: Careers and raising the participation age (RPA)

The Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) requires young people to continue in education, training or apprenticeships to the age of 18 by 2015.

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Must knows children: Safeguarding children

The lead member for children's services (LMCS) has a statutory role in ensuring the council fulfils its duty for safeguarding children; in partnership with education, childcare and health services, the police and communities.

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Must knows children: Special needs and disability

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

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Must knows children: Youth services and youth offending teams

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 well-being', and to enable young people to lead their local offer.

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Must knows children: Youth services and youth offending teams

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 well-being', and to enable young people to lead their local offer.

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Must knows children: Youth services and youth offending teams

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 well-being', and to enable young people to lead their local offer.

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Making an impact through good governance: A practical guide for health and wellbeing boards

This guide is a follow-up to the guide by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Democratic Services Officers published in 2013, as health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) were being set up. Now that boards are fully operational, their emphasis is on being as effective as possible in their statutory and influencing roles.

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Must knows children: Early years

Effective, high quality early years provision makes a difference to young children, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage to give them a good start in life. It is a key element of early help and leads to better developmental outcomes and readiness to learn.

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Must knows children: Making best use of scarce resources

When problems first arise in families, early help is not only beneficial for children but essential for making the best use of resources.

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Making every contact count – taking every opportunity to improve health and wellbeing

How do we make the most of each and every opportunity to help people improve their health and wellbeing? Making every contact count (MECC) is an approach to improving health and reducing health inequalities developed by the NHS and local government.