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The number of children looked after by local authorities has increased since last year, prompting council chiefs to warn of the ‘huge demand’ this is placing on children’s services.
Dr Claire Baker explores what children and young people living in care actually feel about their lives and care experience.
A quarter of 11-18 year olds have had three or more social workers over the past year, and a third do not fully understand why they are in care, a new survey has revealed.
The Government is sending a specialist commissioner to trouble-torn Northamptonshire County Council to deal with a crisis in its child protection services.
Early help services for children will be cut or reduced by almost three quarters of English councils when Troubled Families funding ends in 2020.
A union has warned of the ‘Trojan Horse’ of privatisation in Cornwall Council’s plans to reform how children’s services are delivered.
An inquiry into the funding and provision of children’s services has been launched as local authorities struggle to cope with the impact of rising demand combined with funding cuts.
The scale of the challenge of vulnerable children needs ‘bold solutions’ such as a 25-year plan for early intervention, says the chief executive of the Early Intervention Foundation.
Social care has been given an £800m boost in today’s Budget after chancellor Philip Hammond said he recognised the ‘immediate pressures’ local authorities were facing.
The mayor of Liverpool has called for a Royal Commission to ensure a ‘fair funding formula’ for local council services.