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Building resilience: good mental health for young people

By the time they are 16, three children in every classroom in Scotland will have experienced a mental health problem. This briefing will address the current state of mental health provision for children and young people and what role local government can play in improving outcomes.

Scotland
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DCMS: Civil Society Strategy

The DCMS Civil Society Strategy brings together the public sector, private businesses, charities and volunteers to tackle social problems and build a fairer society. Commitments include £165m to support community organisations, youth employment, address financial exclusion trial participatory democracy techniques, harness ‘tech for good’, and develop smarter and more flexible commissioning, social finance and public…

England & Wales
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Heatwaves: adapting to climate change

The Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee’s report suggests that the country is ill-prepared for the predicted increased frequency and intensity of heatwaves, that this is not being given necessary attention by national or local government, and that budget cuts to programmes that support local authorities to tackle climate change need reversing.

England & Wales
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The rough sleeping strategy

The government has promised to end rough sleeping in England by 2027. The rough sleeping strategy describes how the government plans to do this using a three-pronged vision involving prevention, intervention and recovery.

England & Wales
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DfE: draft Relationships and sex education guidance etc

The DfE is consulting on draft guidance which will require all schools in England to teach Relationships Education (to primary-aged pupils), Relationships and Sex Education (to secondary-aged pupils) and health education (which includes education about good physical and mental health). Relationships education will include how to stay safe on and offline. The consultation closes on…

England & Wales
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The social housing green paper

The long-awaited green paper on social housing has been published. Will it represent significant changes to how council housing is delivered, regulated and financed?

England & Wales
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Alternative provision and exclusions: Commons Education Committee

The Commons Education Committee report 'Forgotten children' finds that alternative provision (AP) is seen as a forgotten part of the education system, side-lined and stigmatised as somewhere only the very worst behaved pupils go. However, this is not the case, but the quality of provision is far too variable. And there is an alarming increase…

England & Wales
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Housing and planning round-up August 2018

Our monthly housing and planning round up includes government announcements, latest housing and planning news, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is supported housing.

England & Wales
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Health and social care round-up: July 2018

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.

Scotland