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State of Children’s Rights in England 2017 - Comment

Commenting in Community Care on the State of Children’s Rights in England 2017 report Alison Michalska, ADCS President, said:

“The report makes a number of recommendations around funding for children’s services. This includes the need for government to urgently address the funding gap which is expected to be £2bn by 2020, and invest in early help services. The financial and demand pressures that local authorities face are such that there is no other choice but to prioritise keeping children and young people safe from the immediate risk of harm over providing early help and preventative services that we know can prevent problems from escalating and reaching crisis point. The funding gap, if unaddressed, will only increase and result in greater fiscal and human costs in future. This is not in children or young people’s best interests.

“Local authorities work hard to ensure that suitable, safe and stable accommodation options that meet needs of children and families are identified wherever possible. However, this is not always possible due to the deepening housing crisis, it is recognised that there are particular pressures in the capital. In emergency situations placements may be made at very short notice amidst a complex set of circumstances. On such occasions placing families in a bed and breakfast or out of the immediate local area can be the only available option.”

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