Responding to a report by Action for Children on the number of children at risk of abuse and neglect, Cllr Roy Perry, Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:
“Government should not ignore the repeated warnings around the need to properly fund children’s services, which face a funding gap of nearly £2 billion by 2020 just to keep services running at current levels.
“As well as this worrying report, the recent care crisis review revealed that the number of applications to take children into care has more than doubled over a decade, while the Children’s Commissioner found nearly half of the total children’s services budget is now taken up by vital support for children in care.
“We have long warned of the rising demand councils face, with more than 180 children being placed on child protection plans every day to keep them safe from harm.
“This is no longer sustainable, with many areas struggling to cope. This report provides further evidence that children’s services is being pushed to the brink, as councils are now being forced to cut the very services which are designed to help children and families before problems escalate to the point where a child might need to come into care.”