Children’s social care APPG report

Commenting on the APPG for Children’s new report on children’s social care, Dave Hill, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“ADCS hopes that the findings of this inquiry, and its recommendations, are both heard and acted upon by the government. We would be particularly keen to see the importance early intervention fully endorsed by the Department for Education, such preventative measures have been a statutory duty for our colleagues in adult social care since the enactment of the Care Act in 2014. We would also be keen to discuss the proposed root and branch review of resourcing these life-saving services and the development of a national workforce strategy. This has been a missing component from the Department’s social work reform agenda to date.

“Our members and their teams are absolutely committed to providing high-quality and effective services that meet the needs of vulnerable children and their families, however, the impact of several years of financial austerity is now all too visible in local communities. Poor parental mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse are sadly becoming more common and record numbers of children coming into care. With further reductions in local government funding expected and fundamental changes to our financing on the horizon, our ability to step in and prevent problems escalating to crisis point is in serious jeopardy. Put simply, we cannot go on as we are.”


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