local authorities

Report looking back over the development of Barnardo's services for sexually exploited children since 1994, which highlights the continuing hidden nature of the problem and describes Barnardo's present and future efforts to protect and support exploited children.

Report based on evidence gathered from local authority youth services inspections which occurred as part of Ofsted's joint area reviews of children's and young people's services from 2005 to 2008. It discusses the quality and impact of youth work and follows developments in the introduction of integrated youth support.

Report of an evaluation of the extended flexible entitlement pathfinder which was introduced by the UK Government to maximise developmental benefits for children by providing extended access to free early years provision and to diminish childcare-related obstacles to employment faced by parents by providing more flexible delivery of free childcare provision across the private, voluntary and independent sectors.

Report of an evaluation of the Young Children’s Voices Network (YCVN), a project, begun in 2006, which focuses on participation in the early years. The purpose of the evaluation was to analyse the nature of YCVNs and discover what has helped and hampered local authorities in developing both their network and a culture of listening.

This document is for local authorities engaged in planning and delivering services to support older carers and summarises ILC -UK and the National Centre for Social Research's Living and caring?: an investigation of the experience of older carers. It gives key points, the background and the characteristics of care provision and discusses access to services, leisure, health, housing, and quality of life and care recipients.

Effective support for disabled parents is still rare, though many local authorities are beginning to recognise its importance. The National Family and Parenting Institute researched how supportive practice could be improved by talking to disabled parents and visiting four local authorities that are developing work in this area.

UK Government consultation document on proposed school-level indicators to improve the information available to schools to help them assess the well-being issues their pupils face and evaluate the school's performance in promoting pupil well-being.

This leaflet is for local authority elected members and others, such as Trustees, who have a governance role in services for vulnerable children and young people. It discusses some key messages emerging from Quality matters in children's services, an overview of nine government-funded studies, and the implications for policy and practice within local authorities and local partner agencies.

In July 1998, the former Scottish Executive introduced a series of twice yearly counts of this population (undertaken in January and July) to establish standardised and consistent estimates across Scotland. The purpose of the count is to better understand the characteristics of this population and to assist and inform the development of public policies and services for Gypsies/Travellers, both nationally and locally.

This briefing reports initial results from the disabled children's services indicator for 2008-9. These figures support National Indicator 54, which is to assess parent's experiences of services provided to disabled children and is one of the "vital sign" indicators for Primary Health Care Trusts.