• Redesigning collaboration along County Lines

    31 March 2020

    Ian Blackhurst explains why local authorities, the police and partner agencies need to share information dynamically and in real time to tackle county lines.

  • Councils face barriers as they try to tackle fraud

    25 March 2020

    Local authorities are still encountering barriers to tackling fraud effectively, a new document has highlighted.

  • LGA chief in ransomware warning

    23 March 2020

    The impact of a successful ransomware attack amid the coronavirus crisis could be catastrophic, Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive, Mark Lloyd has warned.

  • Fit for the future

    18 March 2020

    Surrey County Council and PwC outline the ‘very clear and powerful’ shared ambition driving their joint approach to transformation – focused on creating an inclusive and healthy place where people are proud to live.

  • Council leaders call for domestic abuse funding boost

    03 March 2020

    Local authority leaders have welcomed the re-introduction of a Bill aimed to protect victims of domestic abuse, but called on the Government to fund services designed to prevent violence in the home.

  • Community tensions rise amid Coronavirus outbreak

    17 February 2020

    Reports of increasing community tensions ‘across multiple areas’ have been picked up by the Government as the international Coronavirus crisis continues to worsen.

  • ‘There can be and will be no complacency’

    23 January 2020

    Joanne Roney says that while addressing past failures is ‘very necessary’, we must not lose sight of ‘how radically our approach to tackling child sexual exploitation has been strengthened’ since Operation Augusta.

  • Councils urged to improve information sharing

    13 January 2020

    Local authorities have been urged to improve information sharing following two serious case reviews (SCRs) into horrific child deaths.

  • 'Ambitious programme of domestic reform' promised in Queen's Speech

    19 December 2019

    The second Queen’s Speech in almost as many months has promised an ‘ambitious programme of domestic reform’.

  • 'Safe places' needed in Greater Manchester to divert youth from violent crime

    05 December 2019

    Communities in Greater Manchester feel there is an urgent need to create safe places and strong relationships to divert young people from violent crime, new research has found.

  • ‘Ten years or life’

    04 December 2019

    New research aims to understand the drivers of recent hikes in violent crime involving young people in Greater Manchester as perpetrators and victims – and has come up with insights and recommendations. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Places can and do get worse as well as better

    04 December 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West says the story of a city in Columbia can be seen as a warning of what can happen if local government does not have an active leadership role and the resources to act upon it.

  • Domestic abuse crime figures surge

    25 November 2019

    The number of domestic abuse-related crimes recorded by the police has surged by 24% in the year ending March 2019, new figures show.

  • Teenager stabbed to death at council offices

    08 November 2019

    A murder investigation has been launched after a teenager was stabbed to death at a London council’s office.

  • Boosting Britain needs more than a fistful of Bills

    15 October 2019

    Following the Queen's Speech, Heather Jameson says that personally her glass is at least half-full. But as the Prime Minister prepares to boost Britain after we leave the EU, Government policy is looking somewhat paradoxical.

  • Getting to grips with youth violence

    15 October 2019

    Stuart Gallimore says the Government’s response to serious youth violence and knife crime addresses the symptoms, not the root causes.

  • All-round safety for our children

    15 October 2019

    Dez Holmes explains the role of the recently-launched programme to support children’s services to tackle child exploitation in all its forms.

  • Patel pledges £20m to 'roll up' County Lines

    02 October 2019

    The home secretary’s announcement of a £20m package to tackle County Lines drugs gangs has received a mixed reaction.

  • The war against County Lines

    01 October 2019

    Paul Marinko looks at how local authorities are tackling the scourge of County Lines – and finds that the dexterity of gangs in adapting to agencies’ responses makes a ‘monumental task’ even harder.

  • Directors dismiss 'recruiting sergeants' claim

    17 September 2019

    Children’s services directors have dismissed as ‘wholly inappropriate’ MPs’ claims that councils are acting as inadvertent ‘recruiting sergeants’ for drugs gangs.