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LGA CELEBRATES LOBBYING SUCCESS ON SAFEGUARDS REVIEW

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LGA leaders celebrated a lobbying success today as the government's response to the Children's Safeguards Review wa...
LGA leaders celebrated a lobbying success today as the government's response to the Children's Safeguards Review was published.

Rita Stringfellow, chair of the LGA's social affairs and health committee said: 'The LGA has lobbied hard for many of these improvements and I am delighted that ministers have listened to us.

'The government has created a real opportunity to seize the agenda which will make a significant difference to the lives of vulnerable children, but I would urge them to ensure that arrangements are made as soon as possible to implement these changes.

'All agencies involved must shoulder the collective responsibility to ensure our young people have the best possible support and opportunities. A fully corporate approach is vital in improving the quality of life of looked after children, and I am pleased that the government has recognised the role of the whole local authority - not just social services.

'There is an enormous dedication to the welfare of children in the statutory and voluntary sectors, and the LGA's new Empowering Members initiative will help to ensure that councillors are well equipped to take on their responsibilities as corporate parents.

'The new grant announced today for children's services is very welcome, but I would urge the government to ensure that the resources are adequate and are distributed effectively. The task ahead will not be an easy one, but we must work hard to ensure there is proper focus on the needs of our vulnerable young people', she said.

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