Child protection thresholds rising ‘due to budget pressures’

It is getting harder for vulnerable children to receive the support they need, with the level at which they are deemed to qualify for services rising in recent years as a result of ongoing financial pressures, research has suggested. A survey of 1,600 social workers conducted by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) found that 70 per cent said thresholds for qualifying as a “child in need” have risen over the last three years.
Two thirds (66 per cent) said that over the same period thresholds for early intervention has risen, 50 per cent said there had been a rise in threholds for child protection plans, and 54 per cent said there has been a rise in thresholds for care order applications. Read more.

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