Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to research by ADCS highlighting increasing safeguarding pressures.
Responding to research by ADCS highlighting increasing safeguarding pressures, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:
“These findings reinforce the need for new and long-term significant funding for children’s services, which are fast approaching a tipping point and face a funding gap of £3 billion by 2025 just to keep services running at current levels.
“While the additional investment announced in the Budget was a small step in the right direction and helpful, this will do little to alleviate the immediate and future pressures on services for some of the most vulnerable children and families in the vast majority of council areas.
“It is vital that the Government tackles the funding crisis facing children’s services in next year’s Spending Review, and delivers a long-term sustainable funding solution that enables councils to protect children at immediate risk of harm while also supporting early intervention to prevent problems escalating in the first place.”
Helping children and young people to fulfil their potential is a key ambition of all councils, but our children’s services are under increasing pressure.
Bright Futures is our call for fully funded children's services.