Latest DfE child in need statistics

Rachel Dickinson, ADCS Vice President, said:

“These statistics show that local authorities remain highly active in protecting children and young people across the country despite having experienced significant budget reductions over the last eight years, reflecting the findings of upcoming ADCS Safeguarding Pressures research. Vital preventative services that we know reduce demand for high end services have been particularly affected during this period, resulting in an increasing number of children and families in need of help.

“The reasons for the increase are varied and are, in part, due to increasing professional and public awareness of child protection issues, domestic abuse, poor parental mental health and substance misuse are also becoming more common and impacting on children’s lives. Unless we address the root causes of these issues and invest in children now we cannot begin to turn the tide of demand for statutory services and be a country that works for all children. Government cannot be silent on these important issues in the forthcoming Budget.”

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