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Get in on the Act: Children and Social Work Act 2017

Find out more about the Children and Social Work Act 2017, which aims to improve support for looked after children, promote safeguarding, and make provisions about the regulation of social workers.

Local Government Workforce Survey 2014/15

The Local Government Workforce Survey 2014/15 provides information on key elements of the local government workforce. The survey was conducted by the Local Government Association (LGA) and updates previous surveys in the series.

Research

Museum survey of heads of cultural services

This report presents the results of a survey of heads of cultural services in England, which informed the LGA's official response to the autumn 2016 Department for Culture Media and Sport Review of Museums.

Research
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Report of the South West Homelessness seminar 17 March 2017

In light of rising homelessness and the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 the LGA facilitated a seminar for senior officers from councils in the South West.

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10 questions to ask if you're scrutinising services for looked-after children

This guide, revised in 2012 aims to provide clear and succinct the key issues to cover in a scrutiny review of corporate parenting.

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100 Days: Making sure every child has a place at a good local school

As schools are given more freedom, it becomes more, not less, important that they are effectively held to account.

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A breath of fresh air: smokefree workplaces 10 years on

The 10th anniversary of the ban is a time to look back at what has been achieved. While it took a long time to get the legislation introduced – cinemas first started restricting smoking in the 1970s – when it did happen it was pretty seamless. Four months after the introduction of the ban, the government announced 98 per cent of places inspected by local authority officers were compliant. 

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A councillor's guide to civil emergencies

Civil emergencies take many forms and advance planning and preparation is vital.

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A councillor's guide to the health system in England

This guide provides a quick introduction to the health and social care system since the reforms of 2012 for all councillors who do not lead on health issues.

Councillor development
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A councillors' guide to tackling new psychoactive substances

Growing numbers of councils have been calling for greater powers to tackle the sale of new psychoactive substances (NPS), also known as ‘legal highs'. The availability of NPS has expanded over recent years and local perceptions that NPS are an increasing problem are backed up by a range of information suggesting a substantial rise in the number of deaths associated with their use.