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Chief executives' 'must know' for children's services

Chief executives' 'must know' for children's services

This publication has been shaped by chief executives who are either former directors of children’s services or for other reasons have been closely associated with leading improvement journeys in council children’s services.

Must knows education COVER

Must know for education

Despite considerable changes in national education policy and school organisation over recent years, councils retain the bulk of their statutory duties. They have a key role as champions of educational excellence for all children and young people in their areas.

Councillor development
Must knows: Special educational needs and disability COVER

Must know: special educational needs and disability

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

Must know: youth services COVER

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.

Supporting young parents to reach their full potential COVER

Supporting young parents to reach their full potential

Councils have a major role in ensuring your parents get the help they need, whether it is through the services they commission or deliver. Health visitors, family nurse partnerships, early years, children’s centres, youth services and the voluntary sector all have a key role to play.

Breaking the cycle of youth violence COVER

Breaking the cycle of youth violence

Councils are, in many ways, just at the beginning of this journey to curb violent crime with growing evidence that the key is a ‘public health approach’ – treating it as a disease that can be cured. By working together with our local partners we can make a difference.

What happens if your children's services are judged inadequate by Ofsted? COVER

What happens if your children's services are judged inadequate by Ofsted?

As lead member you hold political responsibility for the leadership, strategy and effectiveness of council children’s services and will work closely with the director of children’s services (DCS) who carries the professional accountability.


Councillor workbook: engaging with young people

This workbook has been designed as a learning aid for councillors to assist them with the effective engagement of young people and the organisations representing them within their ward.


Don't be left in the dark: children and young people's mental health

An overview of the challenges facing mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people.


National child measurement programme: briefing for elected members

The National Child Measurement Programme provides a valuable opportunity to engage children, schools, parents and other partners in tackling health inequalities.