LGA Children and Young People Bulletin May 2018

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May 2018

Children and Young People Bulletin 

Dear colleagues,

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

Firstly can I take the opportunity to congratulate those of you who were successfully in seeking re-election on 3rd May and commiserate with those of you who were not. 

This month the LGA hosted a parliamentary exhibition on the Bright Futures campaign, which was aimed at promoting councils’ outstanding work in children’s services. I’m also pleased to share with you details of the LGA’s new Youth Justice resource pack, which both outlines council responsibilities and gives you the tools to better understand and support council performance. 

Elsewhere the bulletin contains information on a number of government calls for evidence, including Unregistered and Schools and Out of School Settings; which I encourage your councils to respond to. Other topics covered include the roll-out of the national SEND tribunal system, funding for accessible playgrounds and the Integrated Communities Strategy, as well as summaries of our parliamentary and media work. 

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


LGA hosts Bright Futures exhibition in parliament

This month the LGA hosted a parliamentary exhibition on its Bright Futures campaign, promoting councils’ outstanding work in children’s services to MPs, Peers and external stakeholders throughout the week. Our Chairman, Lord Porter, spoke at the launch alongside Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi, Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson and sponsor of the exhibition Wera Hobhouse MP, and mental health campaigner Hope Virgo. The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire MP, visited the exhibition later in the week as did a number of Shadow Ministers and members of key committees. You can find out more about our Bright Futures campaign online.

£4.5M innovation fund open to help children of dependent drinkers

£4.5m of joint funding for up to eight local authorities aimed at improving the support services for children of dependent drinkers and alcohol dependent parents has been committed by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions. The fund is being managed by PHE, who today announce that local authorities (LAs) can now bid for funding which closes on 17 July. Alongside this call for bids PHE has published a toolkit to support LAs in planning services.

Youth Justice Resource Pack

Councils are responsible for working together with local partners to prevent youth crime and work with young people in the youth justice system. Our new resource pack outlines these responsibilities and supports councillors to understand, scrutinise and support local performance. 

National SEND Tribunal 

Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, and Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care, have written a joint letter to Directors of Children’s Services, Directors of Adult Social Services and Chief Nurses or their equivalent in Clinical Commissioning Groups announcing the start today of the SEND Tribunal single route of redress national trial.

The letter provides information on the trial, including on the regulations and the support available and links to further information, as follows: 

    Updated guidance on accommodating 16 & 17 year olds who are homeless/at risk of homelessness

    Updated statutory guidance on supporting 16 and 17 year olds who are homeless or threatened with homelessness has been jointly issued by MHCLG and the Department for Education. The guidance was originally published in 2010 following court judgements (including the Southwark Judgement) that clarified that primary responsibility for assessing the needs of 16 and 17 year olds rests with Children’s Services.  MHCLG will also offer advice and joint training on the new guidance over the next few months, contact either Anna.Whalen@communities.gsi.gov.uk, or Kim.Davis@communities.gsi.gov.uk.

    Integrated Communities Strategy

    The National Youth Agency has launched its NYA Network. This is free to join and gives members free access to NYA products and services – sign up here

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    Funding for Accessible Playground Equipment

    The True Colours Trust is offering grants of up to £10,000 to councils interested in increasing their accessible playground provision for disabled children and their families. Grants are intended for the purchase and installation of accessible equipment which will improve access to public playgrounds for disabled children.

    Integrated Communities Strategy

    The Government is currently seeking views on its Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper, which aims to build strong communities were people from all backgrounds live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities.

    Consultation on the green paper closes on 5 June 2018.


    Unregistered Schools and Out of School Settings

    The DfE has released non-statutory guidance setting out how the Department for Education, Ofsted and local authorities can work together to help make sure that children attending unregistered independent schools and out of school settings are safe and are receiving a suitable education.


    Home education and illegal schools

    With more children being educated at home or in unregistered educational settings, how can councils make sure they are safe and getting a good education? Join us at a conference on 14 June, which is free to all LGA members to discuss these issues – you can find more details and sign up on our website.


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