500 new child protection investigations a day
December 20, 2017 5 comments
Councils launched more than 500 new child welfare investigations a day last year according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA).
The organisation represents 370 English and Welsh councils. it contrasts the figure with the situation ten years ago, when an average of just 200 investigations a day were launched.
LGA Chair Richard Watts said that, thanks to the surge in cases, which has resulted in around 90 children a day entering the care system, resources were being stretched to breaking point.
“It is alarming that councils are having to undertake around 300 more investigations every day than this time 10 years ago. By 2020, our children’s services departments will be facing a funding gap of £2 billion,” he insisted.
And yet, he added, the government announced no additional funding for children’s services in last month’s budget.
“The Government has been warned repeatedly that ongoing funding cuts have left councils struggling to provide the support that vulnerable children and families need.”
Mr Watts claimed that a decisive majority of councils around the country deliberately overspent their child protection budgets last year to “ensure children at immediate risk of harm were protected”.
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