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LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner for England’s report on the future of children’s social care

“Children’s services were already under strain prior to the pandemic, but those pressures have been exacerbated by COVID-19."

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LGA responds to NAHT report on school improvement recommendations

"We need to do all we can to support the retention of good school leaders and teachers, which requires every school to have the necessary funds to invest and prioritise high quality staff development."

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LGA: More than a million young people in England could be missing full-time education

More than a million young people in England could be missing formal full-time education, fuelled by significant gaps in education legislation, rising child support needs and a lack of funding.

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LGA responds to reports into state of children’s social care provision

“A varied market for homes for children in care can help councils to make sure children get the right homes for their needs, but fewer and fewer providers are now dominating that market. As our research earlier this year highlighted, much growth is fuelled by enormous loans, and councils have increasing concerns about the financial stability of many providers.

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LGA responds to government winter package to help children and families

The Government has announced a winter funding package, which will enable councils to support families and individuals most at need in their local communities.

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LGA: Devolve National Citizen Service funding to local youth services

“Youth services have a vital role to play in providing young people with safe spaces to go and trusted relationships with adults who can help them make positive life choices and avoid being drawn into negative situations during and after the pandemic."

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LGA responds to Ofsted warning about COVID-19 risks to vulnerable babies

Responding to a warning by Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman about risks to vulnerable babies during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Any case of a baby or child being harmed is extremely distressing and an enormous cause for concern for councils. “The pandemic has led to an increasing number of families facing exceptionally difficult circumstances. Councils have worked tirelessly to try and keep children and their families safe and well, through online and virtual contact and resources

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LGA responds to survey on impact of COVID-19 on nurseries and childminders

“It is essential that we have enough childcare places to support families to ensure the country can recover from COVID-19, both economically and socially."

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LGA statement: Free school meals and hardship funding

"No young person should have to go hungry and ensuring vulnerable pupils are provided for is a top priority for councils."

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LGA - Restore £1.7 billion early intervention funding ahead of surge in children’s services demand

The LGA said councils are bracing themselves for a rise in referrals for support that would have normally been made when children were being seen regularly by social workers and health workers. Some children and families will need significant interventions, including child protection plans or even coming into the care system. But for many, they will just need some extra help to get through a difficult period. That could be low level mental health support, sessions with a youth worker, understanding how to support children showing difficult behaviours, or working through parental conflict.