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LGA responds to ‘Children in crisis’ report

"Councils want to work with government on a child-centred, cross-government pandemic recovery plan which offers the very best future for children and families."

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LGA responds to CMA report on children’s social care

“The CMA has confirmed our recent findings that private equity providers are making extremely high profits and carrying concerning levels of debt that risks the stability of homes for children in care, which is paramount if they are to thrive."

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LGA responds to independent review of children’s social care

“We support the ambition of the independent review of children’s social care to make sure children, including those in care, grow up in loving, stable and safe environments.

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LGA responds to CMA study into children’s social care provision

"We are pleased that this review draws on our earlier research and aims to consider many of our concerns around the ‘market’ for children’s social care provision and how this impacts on children."

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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 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 responds to Ombudsman report on councils’ children in care services

Responding to a report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman on councils’ children in care services, Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Looking after vulnerable children is a top priority for councils, which work extremely hard to ensure that all children in care get the love and support that they need to flourish. This report provides useful guidance to help councils continuously improve to achieve this goal. “Unfortunately, many councils are being pushed to the brink by unprecedented demand and increasing

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LGA responds to ADCS report on children’s social care pressures

“This report reinforces the significant budget reductions councils have experienced and increasing numbers of children needing urgent help. As the impact of the pandemic becomes clear, councils expect to see a significant rise in referrals to children’s social care and demand for wider children’s support services."