• LGA calls for powers to withhold councillors' address

    10 January 2024

    Monitoring officers should be allowed to withhold councillors’ home addresses from public registers to help tackle rising levels of abuse and hate, Smith Square has said.

  • Scandal-hit firm reports losses

    14 August 2023

    A firm at the centre of a residential care abuse scandal has reported operating losses of £5.8m for the year to June 2022.

  • Housing First’s big benefit for Liverpool

    10 May 2023

    Cllr Graham Morgan explains how the Liverpool City Region’s Housing First pilot is transforming lives for the better and delivering an average annual saving to the taxpayer for each service user of £34,500.

  • Surge in abuse compensation costs

    08 March 2023

    Lambeth LBC has increased its capitalisation request to the Government after the costs of its abuse compensation scheme escalated by up to £50m.

  • Taking on toxic times

    08 February 2023

    Threats of violence, misogyny, racism and homophobia are all part and parcel of modern-day politics, writes Sir Bob Neill.

  • Review exposes 'very serious abuse and neglect'

    31 October 2022

    Children with disabilities and complex needs suffered ‘very serious abuse and neglect’ at three now-closed residential settings in Doncaster, according to a national review.

  • We owe it to the children to bring in CSA reforms

    26 October 2022

    Local government owes it to the children it failed to act on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report now, says Heather Jameson.

  • Edinburgh launches compensation scheme for abuse victims

    06 September 2022

    Senior social worker Sean Bell was found dead in August 2020 as he awaited trial for sexual assault, domestic abuse and rape.

  • Coventry’s anti-abuse campaign is for the long run

    29 June 2022

    Coventry City Council launched a new campaign this year to tackle intimidation of its staff following a rise in cases.  Leader Cllr George Duggins explains why getting the message out is so necessary.

  • Debate Not Hate – the LGA’s call for change

    28 June 2022

    Cllr James Jamieson outlines the LGA’s latest campaign aimed at addressing the level of abuse and intimidation councillors receive on a regular basis.

  • Hearing survivors’ voices loud and clear

    07 June 2022

    With the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse due to be published later this year, we must ensure the voices of victims and survivors are heard, says John O’Brien.

  • Shortcomings revealed in second child murder case

    14 December 2021

    A second court case in a month has revealed serious shortcomings in how local agencies responded to allegations of abuse shortly before a child’s murder.

  • Protecting London’s women and girls

    06 December 2021

    Cllr Jas Athwal says that as we mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, London’s boroughs are committed to doing everything they can to address the many causes of violence against women and girls.

  • Halting a rise in hatred

    01 December 2021

    What can be done to deter incidents of abuse and harassment of local politicians, and to sanction those responsible? Ann McGauran reports.

  • A commitment to civil debate

    01 December 2021

    Cllr Arooj Shah has been the target of recent threats and harassment. Leaders from all parties in Oldham have now come together to add their signature to a ‘politics, not personalities’ pledge, she explains.

  • Chiefs criticised over lack of leadership on abuse

    31 July 2019

    Chief executives of Nottinghamshire CC and Nottingham City Council over several decades have been criticised after failing to prevent ‘widespread’ child sexual abuse.

  • Riordan calls for social media abuse clampdown

    11 September 2018

    One of local government’s most active Twitter users has urged social media sites to act to eradicate abuse aimed at public figures.

  • Former council leader censured for ‘repeated’ sexual harassment

    06 July 2018

    A former leader of Devon CC has been censured for ‘sustained and repeated’ sexual harassment of female members of staff.

  • Operation sanctuary: lessons to be learned

    26 February 2018

    A serious case review into sexual exploitation in Newcastle has revealed a raft of learning for public bodies, national government and society. Sam Clayden speaks to the reports’ author and the agencies involved.

  • 'A lot' of councils failing to look for widespread sexual exploitation

    23 February 2018

    Local authorities are not looking hard enough – or simply not willing – to uncover widespread systematic sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, the author of an independent report has warned.