Social care ‘postcode lottery’ puts vulnerable children at risk

Children’s safety is being put at risk due to differing thresholds across England for intervening and offering support to families, a report by a group of MPs and peers has warned.

Tim Loughton, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children, which found that “woeful underfunding” from government is responsible for variations in support received by children across the country. 

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) report raises concerns about varied thresholds across councils for a range of support for children at risk of harm or in need of help.

The report includes a survey of 97 directors of children’s services (DCSs), which found that around three quarters (74 per cent) believe thresholds for supporting children in need differ across councils.

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

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