LGA Briefing: Supporting children in need into adulthood, House of Commons, 6 September 2018

Making sure all children and young people have the bright future they deserve is a key ambition of every council.


Key messages 

  • Making sure all children and young people have the bright future they deserve is a key ambition of every council. Councils want all young people to be able to enjoy their lives, reach their full potential and make a good transition to adulthood with good health and wellbeing. 
  • The positive work of councils in helping our children and young people have the best start in life has been illustrated by the latest Ofsted data on children’s social care which shows that, in 2017/18, the proportion of council children’s services rated good or outstanding has increasedi. Councils have worked tirelessly to protect children’s budgets but the increased demand and resource pressures are putting the system under strain. 
  • Although local authority spending on children’s social care has risen, it is not keeping pace with the increase in demand, which has increased dramatically in recent years. On average, 90 children entered care every day last year. 

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