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A Better Start: supporting child development in the early years

This guide sets out concisely the reasons that the early years are so essential to future outcomes and wellbeing.

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Bright Futures: one year on

This update highlights what the campaign has achieved over the past year but also, importantly, looks at where there is still more work to do.

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Early education and childcare resource pack

This resource pack looks at the ways that we deliver our responsibilities around early education and childcare, which are incredibly important when it comes to giving our youngest residents a head start.

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Permanency resource pack

This resource pack is designed to help councillors understand what permanency is, the factors that can have an impact and the questions that will help to understand what’s working well and what could be improved.

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Local leadership and accountability: for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing services

We want all our children to have bright futures. Key to that is ensuring that they have the emotional resilience and tools to make good choices, overcome challenges and move confidently towards where they want to be in adulthood. The current system cannot deliver that – so how can we ensure that it does?

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Early Years Provision: survey results June 2018

Results from a survey of local authorities that explored recent changes by central government to both funding and policy in the early years sector. The survey focused in the cap on central spend, maintained nursery schools, early years entitlements, provision for disadvantaged children and early years practitioners.

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Councillor workbook: engaging with young people

This LGA workbook has been designed as a learning aid for councillors who want to consider ways of engaging effectively with young people and the organisations representing them within their ward.

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The relationship between family violence and youth offending

Councils only want the best for the children and young people in their communities, but many children struggle to cope with the challenges they experience. Facing continuous family violence and without recourse to adequate help when they need it, we know that some young people go on to be involved in the youth justice system.

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Improving schools: Moving the conversation on

Every child deserves a good school place, but that isn’t currently available to everyone. Government rules ban councils and council-maintained schools from helping academies and free schools improve. But given their excellent track record in maintaining high educational standards and in turning around failing schools, councils need to be recognised as effective education improvement partners, ready and able to support schools of all types.