Cllr David Simmonds
The time for local voices to be heard
The Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Independent Local Government Association Groups outline their key topics for discussion and policy targets ahead of the upcoming LGA conference in Birmingham.
Time to get tough on CSE grooming
With instances of child sexual exploitation making major news headlines in recent times, Cllr David Simmonds assesses whether ‘disruption orders’ can be an effective deterrent to offenders.
Halting the horrible
Female genital mutilation is an appalling abuse. Cllr David Simmonds outlines the LGA’s plans to ensure services are in place to keep girls and women safe
It’s time to regulate the regulator
Cllr David Simmonds calls for a full independent review of Ofsted.
We need a joined-up approach to CSE
Cllr David Simmonds outlines efforts across the local government sector to tackle child sexual exploitation
Avoiding mistakes of the past on children's services
Cllr David Simmonds explains what councils can do to learn from the past and protect children in the future.