LGA Children and Young People Bulletin March 2018

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March 2018

Children and Young People Bulletin 

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the March edition of the Children and Young People bulletin.

The Children’s Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, has announced both the expansion of the Partners in Practice programme and the allocation of funding to the LGA for a national programme of children’s services improvement support. The funding of this council-led improvement programme is particularly welcome in highlighting that good children’s services are not delivered in a vacuum and do need the support of the corporate council to flourish. While discussions on the detail of the programme are continuing, this is a very helpful step in the right direction and I’m grateful to the Minister for his support of our approach.

While November is still a long way off, the deadline for submitting bids to run sessions at this year’s NCAS conference (14-16 November) close on 1 April and I would encourage all of you to use the conference as a means of sharing and celebrating your experiences of delivering children’s services.

Elsewhere the bulletin contains details of our response to the recent Mental Health Green Paper, as well as updates on the work of the National FGM Centre and North Lincolnshire’s ‘whole council’ approach to children’s services improvement. 

If you would like to contact us to discuss articles in the bulletin or suggest ideas, please email us at paige.gore@local.gov.uk.

Yours faithfully

Richard Watts signature

Cllr Richard Watts
Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board

Richard Watts


Early Day Motion to deliver school counselling 

You may have seen that the LGA has been able to secure cross-party support for an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to spend 5.3 per cent of the funding promised to CAMHS on delivering school counselling across England - a key ask in our Bright Futures campaign. The motion was initially tabled with co-sponsors representing all four of the LGA’s political groups. 

There are currently 23 signatures on the motion, and we are continously working to raise that number through various channels. You can help us by spreading the word in social media.

Minister announces £17 million to improve children's services

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced a package of support worth £17 million to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. More than £15 million will go to eight new Partners in Practice, to expand a peer support programme between local authorities to improve children’s services. The government is also announcing £2 million will go to improve leadership in children’s social care services, which will be delivered through the LGA.

Improved funding for personal advisor support

Government has announced improved funding for councils to extend personal adviser support to care leavers aged 21-25, up from an initial assessment of £7.8 million per year to £12.1 million per year. However, the LGA still considers this to be an underestimate and will lobby for a review of this funding and further uplifts as necessary.

Children’s Mental Health – Green Paper response

Our work on children’s mental health is gathering pace as local authorities play a critical role in delivering and coordinating children’s mental health. We have responded to the Government’s Green Paper on transforming children and young people’s mental health provisions. You can read our response in full here

Learn more about our work to urge the Government to prioritise children and adolescent mental health services on our Bright Futures campaign page, where you can find social media resources and a fantastic and inspiring video interview with mental health advocate Hope Virgo.

    Be a part of the National Children and Adult Services Conference

    The NCAS organising committee is now inviting session bids for this year’s conference, taking place in Manchester from the 14-16 November. Closing date for bids is 1 April. 

    Virtual School Head support receives additional funding

    As a result of lobbying from the LGA and our sector partners, councils will receive £7.6 million per year to extend virtual school head support to previously looked after children, including adopted children. Government had previously argued that councils should cover these costs from existing budgets.

    Modern slavery: duty to notify

    Councils are under a duty to notify the Government when they come across potential victims of modern slavery. Consenting adults and children should be referred through the National Referral Mechanism, for adults that do not consent to enter the NRM councils are still under a duty to notify and should use the MS1 Form. More information can be found on the Government’s website.  

    The LGA and IASC council guide on tackling modern slavery also provides more information

    Sharing ideas

    Department for Education – Together, we can tackle child abuse

    The Government has just launched its Together, we can tackle child abuse campaign to encourage people to report any concerns of abuse or neglect. The Department for Education has put together a range of resources that are free for councils to use. You can download them here

    National FGM Centre

    The National FGM Centre has recently launched a new FGM Assessment tool and guidance for social workers. The tool provides social workers with a range of questions to help them assess cases where FGM might be an issue. More information can be found on the Centre’s website.

    Trusted Relationships Fund

    The Home Office has launched a £13 million “Trusted Relationships Fund” for councils and partners to deliver initiatives to improve support for young people at risk of exploitation and abuse, including CSE and county lines. 

    Find out more

    National Citizen Service

    National Citizen Service (NCS) is a youth programme that aims to build the skills and confidence of young people aged 15-17. The NCS Trust hopes that by working with local authorities, more young people can have the opportunity to take part. Find out more at NCS Guidance for Local Authorities (pdf) and www.ncsyes.co.uk/partners

    Brexit impacts: call for information

    Read and respond to our call for information on the place based impacts of Brexit, which covers local economies, workforce, funding and legislation.

    Civil Society Strategy – have your say

    The Government is currently consulting on the Civil Society Strategy, which it hopes will improve how young people are supported to play an active role in building a stronger society. You can submit your views until 22 May.


    Bright Futures: our vision for youth services

    We recently launched our long-term vision for youth services, which outlines support we intend to develop to help councils in delivering services for young people, and provides a starting point for councils to take a fresh look at provision in their areas.

    North Lincolnshire’s Whole Council Approach

    The LGA has published a case study on North Lincolnshire Council and their approach to improvement in Children’s Services. 

    Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance

    The DfE has published its consultation response on Working Together to Safeguard Children. The response acknowledges a number of LGA concerns, including the role of schools in new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements, and we will continue to work with government on subsequent revisions to the guidance.

    Healthy child programme 0 to 19

    The 0-19 commissioning guidance for health visitor and school nursing services has been updated.

      Supporting the public health nursing workforce

      Download Public Health England's employer guidance for supporting the public health nursing workforce.

      NCER - Strategic use of education data conferences

      During January 2018, NCER, with ADCS and LGA support, held two parallel conferences on education data. The conferences stimulated discussions from senior leaders on how local authorities can best use the data available on schools and academies to support improvement. Presentations from the conferences are now available.

      The Staff College: A Think Piece publication - ‘Cultural Competence. Promoting leadership & organisational change’

      The Staff College has published the second in a series of three think piece publications, the first of which can be found on the Staff College website.

      National Child Measurement Programme

      PHE has updated National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) Specimen parent result letters and the NCMP Pre-measurement leaflet for parents: School height and weight measurements.

      Our Lives, Our Care

      Charity Coram Voice and the University of Bristol have published the largest study of its kind measuring the wellbeing of 2,263 looked after children and young people across 16 local authorities. The study is part of the Bright Spots programme recommended to local authorities in the Department for Education’s recent Fostering Stocktake report. 


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