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Coronavirus: LGA responds to NSPCC child abuse survey

“It is vital that councils receive the funding they need to support children, young people and families both during the current phase of the crisis, and through the recovery period, and that communities know how to spot signs of risk and how to report these."

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Number of children in care reaches 10-year high

New figures show that the number of children in care has risen by 28 per cent in the past decade with the system reaching breaking point, the Local Government Association reveals today.  The LGA is warning that this huge increase in demand is combining with funding shortages to put immense pressure on the ability of councils to support vulnerable children and young people, and provide the early help that can stop children and families reaching crisis point in the first place. The figures show that 78,150 children are now in care, up from 75,370 in 2018.   The Government’s manifesto


Children's care cash crisis: nine in 10 councils pushed into the red

Severe funding shortages for social services that protect vulnerable children have pushed nearly nine in 10 councils into the red, new LGA analysis relveals.


LGA: Biggest increase in children on child protection plans in four years

Council leaders say these figures prove why it is vital the Chancellor announces new funding for children’s services in Monday’s Autumn Budget.


LGA responds to Government vision for fostering and children's social care

"Ninety children a day entered care in the last year, and councils saw the biggest annual increase of children in care since 2010. "


LGA responds to Ofsted's children's social care data

Protecting children and helping them to get the very best in life is one of the most important things that councils do and it is positive that the proportion of children’s services departments rated good or outstanding has increased

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LGA responds to DfE boarding school announcement

“This initiative provides another option for social workers considering what would work best for individual children and families.“


LGA responds to Action for Children's 'Revolving Door' report

"This report rightly recognises the increased pressures facing local authorities when it comes to protecting vulnerable children."


Children's social care at breaking point, council leaders warn

Growing demand for support has lead to 75 per cent of councils in England overspending on their children’s services budgets by more than half a billion pounds.