Future of early help ‘under serious threat’

Services supporting families at an early stage in order to prevent child safeguarding issues are “under serious threat”, due to pressure on budgets as a result of rapidly rising numbers of children at risk of serious harm, and short-term funding arrangements, children’s services leaders have warned.

Early help can protect children from neglect and improve their long-term outcomes. 

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services annual Safeguarding Pressures research found that an estimated 2.4 million initial contacts were made to children’s social care in 2017/18, a 78 per cent increase over the past 10 years.

Read the full article on this link to Children & Young People Now

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