LGA responds to PAC report on DfE’s handling of the pandemic

“Councils and schools want to work with the Government on education recovery and to ensure that no child is left behind. We share concerns about the needs of disadvantaged children who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic."


School children

Responding to a Public Accounts Committee report on the Department for Education’s handling of COVID-19 and plans for education recovery, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: 

“Councils and schools want to work with the Government on education recovery and to ensure that no child is left behind. We share concerns about the needs of disadvantaged children who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

“Schools are the second highest source of referrals to children’s social care. With many children having been out of sight of support services for significant periods during the pandemic, teachers and school staff must be given the time to build good relationships with children and to carry out their safeguarding duties, alongside a focus on lost education.

“We hope to see the detail behind the Government’s education recovery plan as soon as possible. It is vital that all children who need support get it when they need it. With the right funding, councils can ensure services are in place to support families, to help stop problems from escalating and to identify situations where children may be at risk, including those arising from hidden harms.”