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ADCS response to the announcement on funding for children living with alcohol dependant parents

Responding to the announcement on funding for children living with alcohol dependant parents Stuart Gallimore, ADCS President, said:

“In addition to domestic abuse and mental health problems, parental substance misuse continues to be a growing reason for the involvement of children’s social care in safeguarding children. Given the scale of this issue the funding announced today that local authorities are invited to bid for will only help some children in some areas get the help and support that they need. More focus and, crucially, investment is needed to support all children affected by these issues.

“Children’s services are facing a funding gap of at least £2bn by 2020 in the face of increased demand for our services. This is seriously hampering our ability to improve outcomes for children and their families as local authorities find themselves having to cut back on vital early help and preventative services that we know make a huge difference to children and families’ lives, by supporting them at the earliest opportunity, before they reach crisis point. Without adequate and sustainable funding for children’s services, without prioritising and resourcing preventative services children and families will be much worse off.”

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