This guidance has been endorsed by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).

The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national voice of local government and works with councils to support, promote and improve local government.

ADCS recognises that the ways of working described in this document represent effective practice and is offered by way of assistance to local authorities and their partners in order to improve services and the support provided to children, young people and their families.  The content is not, nor does it seek to be binding on Local Authorities, nor will the endorsers of this document monitor Local Authority compliance.