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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.

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A councillor’s guide to cyber security

Cyber security is crucial to ensuring services are kept up and running and to ensuring the public's trust in councils with their information. A cyber attack could have very serious consequences - disrupting services and damaging a council’s reputation. Healthy cyber security is key to the efficient and productive running of every council.

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Adult safeguarding and domestic abuse: a guide to support practitioners and managers: Second edition

The purpose of this guide is to help staff to give better informed and more effective support to people who need an adult safeguarding service because of domestic abuse.

Community Cohesion 10.3 front cover

Building cohesive communities

Cohesive communities are about more than just preventing or addressing unacceptable behaviour and hate crime.

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Community engagement on female genital mutilation

These case studies provide some examples of how councils and their partners have been working with women and girls to raise awareness of FGM.

Community safety survey 2016

The survey was conducted by the LGA's Research and Information team in October-November 2016 in order to gather information about how community safety partnerships (CSP)/county strategy groups (CSG) and councils' community safety services currently operate.

Research
Councillor guide to tackling modern slavery COVER

Councillor guide to tackling modern slavery

This guidance is targeted specifically at councillors, and highlights the specific role that individual councillors can play in raising awareness of the issue and embedding work to tackle slavery within councils.

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Councillor workbook: bribery and fraud prevention

Elected members have a range of statutory and moral obligations to protect the assets of their authority and need to equip themselves with the knowledge to deal with enquiries and question from residents.

Councillor development
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Fire and rescue services in England: a guide for police and crime panel members

The LGA has produced the document with Police and Crime Panel members in mind as its primary audience, but we hope it will also be of use to others who have an interest in developing their knowledge of how this essential public service is structured and governed.

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Metal theft toolkit

This toolkit contains information on current powers, proposals for future regulation, examples of work across the country and templates for adaptation by your local authority.