Topic: Education and children's services

Local authorities are at the forefront of providing eduction services for their communities and supporting some of the most vulnerable children in society.

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IFS-Deaton Inequality Review: Early Childhood Inequalities

In June 2022 the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published five papers on families and early childhood development. This briefing deals with one of the longest of these papers: Early childhood inequalities.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Parliamentary update July 2022

The purpose of this briefing is to provide a monthly update on the progress of each piece of legislation through the Houses of Parliament that is of relevance to local authorities in England and Wales.

England & Wales Briefing
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Regional analysis of cost trends in children’s social care in England

The independent review of children’s social care in England, led by Josh MacAlister, was published its final report in May 2022. This briefing provides a simple regional analysis of cost trends described in that report – namely, the rises in looked after children and the costs of children’s social care.

England & Wales Briefing
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The legacy of ​​the Iceland model and its transformation of teen substance use

Background In Iceland, alcohol was prohibited from 1915 until March 1st, 1989 – and that day is now referred to as Beer Day. The Nordic Studies on Drugs and Alcohol stated that in a very short time, beer became the most popular type of alcoholic beverage and it changed the structure of alcohol sales and…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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COVID-19 – 2022 studies on the effect on children and young people

A wealth of research has been assembled about the effect of COVID-19 and lockdowns on the lives of children and young people. This briefing looks at learning loss, who it affects and the implications for mental health and wellbeing, using research mainly conducted in England.

England & Wales Briefing
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England policy round-up – June/July 2022

Our new, monthly policy round-up for England provides a summary of key policy and practice documents affecting local government. This edition covers policy/research papers from June and early July 2022, a period dominated by political instability, the cost of living crisis, gloomy economic news and industrial action.

England & Wales Briefing

The Summer Reading Challenge – let’s get more children reading this summer

The Summer Reading Challenge is a free annual scheme encouraging primary school children to read at least six books from their local library over the summer months. It’s a vital motivator for children to keep reading when schools are shut – find out more about the scheme here.

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Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022 – Old wine, new bottles?

The Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 28 April 2022. The Act mainly applies to England. A summary of the main provisions of the Act and the likely implications for local government can be found in the briefing.

England & Wales Briefing
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MacAlister review of children’s social care – final report

The UK Government commissioned for England an independent review of children’s social care in 2021. This “once in a lifetime” review, led by Josh MacAlister, has now been published and key points are set out in this briefing.

England & Wales Briefing