Cllr Roy Perry, Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children on varying levels of social care support for children.
“We are pleased that MPs and peers have backed our long-standing call for government to address the funding gap facing children’s services, which will reach £3 billion by 2025.
“This report is yet further evidence that children's services are being pushed to the brink, and of the critical need for councils to be given the resources to provide the essential support that our children and young people rely on and deserve.
“The fact some children now have to reach crisis point before they get support is a sad and shocking indictment of how inadequately funded children’s services are.
“Councils are currently seeing more than 270 children taken into care or placed on a child protection plan every single day to keep them safe from harm. These numbers are becoming unsustainable, with many areas now struggling to cope.
“It is vital the Government heeds these warnings and fully funds children’s services so councils can support families before problems escalate to the point where a child might need to come into care.”
Helping children and young people to fulfil their potential is a key ambition of all councils, but the local services that can support them to do so are under increasing pressure.
Bright Futures is our call to properly fund the services that change children’s lives.