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More than 4,500 primary school classes worth of children spending summer holidays in temporary accommodation

Over 4,500 primary school classes worth of homeless children are spending the summer holidays in temporary accommodation amid a national shortage of affordable housing, the Local Government Association warns today.

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Number of children waiting for secure children’s home place doubles in a year

The number of children in England waiting for a place in a secure children’s home (SCH) has doubled in a year, new figures show, underlining the urgent need for the Government to tackle the severe lack of provision that supports some of the most vulnerable young people in the country.

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LGA responds to Education Committee report on education of looked after children

“We urgently need to reform our children’s social care and SEND systems, including transformational investment in the services that give all children the best start in life.”

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Sharp rise in children with special needs approaching councils for support

The number of children in England approaching councils for special needs support has increased by almost a quarter in a year, latest figures reveal, with 170 young people now starting support plans each day.

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LGA responds to research on children in care being moved

“Reform and investment go hand in hand – one will not be effective without the other. This is why we’re calling for a White Paper within the next six months to demonstrate the Government’s commitment to reform, and truly transformational investment by the Treasury in the services that give all children the best start in life.”

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LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner report on school attendance

"The number of persistently absent children from school is very concerning. Good attendance at school plays a vital role in children’s development and for their wellbeing."

LGA responds to National Panel Review

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, responds to the National Panel Review into the deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson.

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LGA responds to Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

"We now want to work quickly with government and partners on identifying elements of the report we can and should swiftly implement, and on planning the medium-to-long term reform process. This must include commitment from across Whitehall to tackle the issues children’s social care cannot solve alone, including access to health services and ending child poverty."

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Soaring demand to protect vulnerable children drives cost of care up by a quarter – new LGA analysis

Soaring demand to protect vulnerable children at risk of harm has seen spending to provide support increase by almost a quarter in five years, with an upcoming national care review a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to set out long-awaited reform, councils are warning today.

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LGA responds to EIF survey on children’s physical activity

"Childhood obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges we face, and as these alarming findings show, has been made all the more difficult by the detrimental impact of the pandemic on children’s physical activity."