The DfE finds that there were are at least 1.6 million children who need or have needed a social worker between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in England. This briefing is on the updated strategy to improve the lifetime outcomes for these children.
This briefing looks at children whose lives are behind closed doors ‘asking who they are and where they are living. It looks at what we know and crucially what we don't know about them, so that we can begin to assess whether they are getting the most appropriate support'.
Why should child poverty be measured? This briefing looks at the case for effective data to understand the scale and nature of the local problem, to benchmark local experience of child poverty against those of other areas and to measure change to ascertain the extent to which interventions are working.
Councils – as service provider, commissioner and community leader - have a range of roles to help eradicate modern slavery. South Tyneside's Modern Slavery Strategy has identified opportunities to leverage its resources, powers and influence to work with partners to tackle this insidious crime.
This Nuffield Foundation funded research is another look at school effectiveness using the standard school and pupil datasets. In addition, data from school staff human resource management is compared to other settings and linked to school improvement. Organisational commitment is higher in schools than in other workplaces.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights has published his final report. It is extremely critical of the impact of austerity on vulnerable groups and of various aspects of welfare reform, particularly some design features of Universal Credit.
The report ‘lays bare the stark fact that social mobility has stagnated over the last four years at virtually all stages from birth to work’ focusing on local authorities’ work in early years and schools as well as further education and apprenticeships, higher education and working lives.
The LGiU Local Government Homelessness Commission has published its final report. It is the first assessment of the state of homelessness prevention from the perspective of local government, those who have to actually implement the policy and who provide support to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
A one year on look at the 30 hours free childcare entitlement offer: benefits for better off families and disadvantaged parents already in work as they can work longer, but not children from the most disadvantaged families whose parents are not in work. It has encouraged greater flexibility by childcare settings but also undermines their financial sustainability and the quality of provision.
What’s happening in local government beyond brexit? We look in this briefing at consultations, select committee inquiries and the key issues facing councils. But, of course, brexit is still at the top of the political agenda and some of the ongoing contentious issues are here too.