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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.

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Youth justice resource pack

Councils are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of all young people in their areas. When it comes to youth justice, that responsibility means working with young people to prevent them from coming into the youth justice system in the first place, and supporting those who do to make sure it doesn’t define them, and they still have good life chances.

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LGA response to the DfE and DHSC Green Paper consultation 'Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’

Every child deserves to look forward to a bright future. For that to be the reality, we must ensure practical steps are taken to create a society where good mental health is treated as just as important as good physical health.

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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.

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Delivering children's centre services

Children's centres allow families to access the help they need to handle those early challenges, help to tackle inequalities, and give children a healthy start.