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Study of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families in contact with child...

University of Salford study of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families in contact with child protection services in England

Alison Michalska, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“Wherever concerns arise about a child’s wellbeing or safety, local authorities have a clear duty to respond. ADCS estimates that over two million initial contacts were made to children’s services departments across the country in 2015/16. Each contact must be looked into and we know around a third of these are subsequently referred to children’s social care for a formal assessment of need and a third of families receive advice or are signposted to community-based services for extra help and support.

“Local authorities have a strong track record of working with children and families from diverse backgrounds and recognise the importance of developing positive, trusting relationships with families. Whilst falling budgets and rising levels of need are impacting on all aspects of our work, we continue to do all that we can to prioritise the needs of children above all else.”


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