Early help at risk following 12 years of austerity, sector leaders warn

“Twelve years of austerity and a 50 per cent real terms reduction in local authority budgets, plus reductions in other public services, has impeded the ability to work with children and families as early as possible to prevent the escalation of need”, a report by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) states. While “disparate pots of time-limited grant funding from government and local authority investment over the past two years has helped to alleviate some demand pressures” it adds “there is no substitute for a long term equitable and sufficient funding settlement”. The report into safeguarding pressures facing local authorities, is based on evidence from 125 councils. Read more.

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