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Must know for youth services

Councils have a statutory duty to “secure, so far as is reasonably practicable, sufficient provision of educational and recreational leisure-time activities for young people” and to make sure young people have a say in the local offer. This is often referred to as the ’youth services duty’.

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Corporate parenting: Resource pack for councillors

Every councillor has a role to play in embedding corporate parenting principles and doing all they can to support children in care to live meaningful and fulfilling lives. This resource pack helps provide an overview of this role and how they can fulfil it as effectively as possible.

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Placements for children in care: Resource pack

This resource pack gives councillors an overview of the key legislative and policy issues regarding placements for children in care. The resource explores good practice, key issues and things to look at in local areas to try to improve the sufficiency and quality of placements, so that every child can live in the best possible home.

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Early education and childcare resource pack

Early education and childcare resource pack

A child’s earliest years are their foundation; if we give them a great start, they have a much better chance of fulfilling their potential as they grow up. This resource pack looks at the responsibilities and role of councils when it comes to education and childcare, outlines funding entitlements and legislation all of which are incredibly important when it comes to supporting our youngest residents.

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Must know: The role of a council leader in improving outcomes for children

Is your council in a strong position to continue to improve outcomes for children and young people and their families? This guide, specifically developed for the council leader, has been shaped by current and former leaders, lead members and chief executives with experience of children’s services improvement.

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Insights into wraparound childcare

Insights into wraparound childcare

Coram Family and Childcare was commissioned by the Local Government Association to conduct research with parents, sector experts and local authorities to build an understanding of current provision of wraparound childcare and how councils might use additional funding announced in the Spring Budget to support the expansion of provision.

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Building a Cyber Resilient Service: A Guide for Directors of Children’s Services

Building a cyber resilient service: A guide for directors of children’s services

This document aims to support directors and their senior team to develop proactive, protective strategies and capabilities to enhance the cyber resilience of their service; some recommendations are technical, some organisational and some are about your people.

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High-cost children’s social care placements survey

In October and November 2023, the Local Government Association sent an online survey to all councils providing children’s social care in England. The purpose of the survey was to assess the frequency and costs arising from high-cost children’s social care placements, as well as to explore reasons why the costs of certain placements are particularly high.

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A maturing approach to children’s services improvement

A maturing approach to children’s services improvement: updating the key enablers of progress

The LGA commissioned the Isos Partnership to work with councils and their partners to understand the key enablers and barriers to sustained improvement in Children’s Services.

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Early education changes and challenges for the future.

Early education and childcare: Changes and challenges for the future

This policy paper was developed based on a range of discussions with stakeholders across councils to understand what local authorities believe they need to see change so they can effectively deliver on their sufficiency duty for early years education and childcare. It explores the challenges in the current system facing local authorities, providers and parents and it looks at what might work going forward.

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