Essential reading: Education and children's services

Local government is responsible for a diverse range of services that have huge implications for the life chances of children and young people.

We have picked out a few items from our huge library of local government content that we hope will provide you with inspiration, ideas or just food for thought and make you want to delve deeper into the LGIU’s local government resources.

This page is part of LGIU’s resources for new councillors.

Explainer on children’s services for new councillors

All councillors have a role in supporting public and voluntary services for children and many councils also support youth councils and young mayors to help engage young people in local civic functions. This guide looks at how the role of a councillor overlaps with children’s services. Read this guide.

Young people policy and research update: March 2024

This quarterly update provides a round-up of policy developments, announcements and research related to youth policy. This edition includes recent reports on youth violence and vulnerability, campaigns to curb youth violence, calls to increase funding for youth services, and how the cost of living crisis is affecting the employment and mental health of young people. Read this briefing.

Addressing the challenges of rural education in the UK

This briefing examines the challenges facing local authorities in delivering quality education to young people in rural communities across the UK. It also proposes solutions to those challenges, with examples from a variety of different local authority areas. Read this briefing.

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Discover more LGIU resources – from in-depth policy briefings to guest articles to international case studies – on education and children’s services. Go to the topic page.

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