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LGA responds to announcement that unregulated accommodation for vulnerable children under 16 will be banned

Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, said: “Today’s announcements are positive steps towards ensuring that all children in care live in good quality homes that meet their needs and help them to thrive."

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LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner’s report into preventing gang involvement and youth violence

Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the Local Government Association's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the Children’s Commissioner’s report that looks at how effectively existing infrastructure within local authorities is being used to deliver a public health approach to preventing gang involvement and youth violence.

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Serious child harm cases reported by councils rise by more than a quarter during pandemic, warns LGA

"Councils have been working hard with their partners to respond to changing and emerging threats to children and young people, including criminal exploitation, through online and virtual contact and resources, as well as high priority home visits."

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Private equity involvement in care placements needs reviewing amid concerning profit and debt levels

The LGA’s report shows that some independent providers of children’s residential and fostering placements are achieving profits of more than 20 per cent on their income.

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LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner’s annual report on children’s mental health

“The pandemic has exacerbated existing mental health problems, particularly for children living in families with lower incomes and whose parents may be experiencing financial difficulties.”

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LGA responds to EPI and The Prince’s Trust report on young people’s mental health and wellbeing

“Mental health needs to be at heart of a holistic approach to overall health and wellbeing, which includes access to parks and green spaces, meeting housing needs and providing learning and training opportunities.”

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LGA responds to Education Secretary’s independent review of children’s social care

“Every child deserves a safe and happy childhood in which they are loved and supported to reach their full potential"

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LGA statement: School attendance during lockdown

“It is clear that demand for places is significantly higher during this national lockdown, meaning schools have been placed in the invidious position of balancing safe pupil numbers in school with the higher expectations of the delivery of up to five hours a day of lessons online.”

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LGA statement: Free school meal food parcels

“Ensuring vulnerable pupils are provided for is a top priority for councils with many delivering high quality food boxes in partnership with schools."

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LGA: Suspend resumption of school inspections

“Schools and councils need to focus on providing education during the pandemic, without any unnecessary distractions. This is why we are urging Ofsted to postpone the resumption of monitoring inspections for schools, either in-person or virtual, until after February half-term at the earliest.”