Cllr Roy Perry, Vice Chairman of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a report from the Children’s Commissioner, warning that more than two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks.
Responding to a report from the Children’s Commissioner, warning that more than two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks, Cllr Roy Perry, Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:
“This is just the latest in a series of stark warnings about the huge number of children and families in need of help and support, and highlights the immense challenge facing councils and their partners as they try to address growing levels of need with rapidly diminishing resources.
“We want the Government to heed these increasingly urgent warnings and accept the critical need for properly funded children's services, which face a funding gap of £3 billion by 2025 just to keep services running at current levels.
“We have long warned of the rising demand councils face, with an average of more than 270 children taken into care or placed on a child protection plan every single day to keep them safe from harm.
“This is becoming unsustainable, with many areas struggling to cope. This report provides further evidence that children's services are being pushed to the brink, and desperately need new resources if they are to provide the essential support that our children and young people rely on and deserve.”
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.
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