Across the country, local authority children’s services are under significant and increasing pressure. Numbers of children in care are at record levels, child protection enquiries have increased by more than 150% in a decade, and more families than ever are turning to children’s social care for support. At the same time, government funding has reduced to the point that children’s services will face a funding gap of almost £2 billion by 2020.
This pressure is not unique to any particular type or group of councils. From large rural counties to smaller inner city boroughs, councils consistently tell us that demand for children’s services is putting their budgets under enormous pressure. Yet regularly there is mention that some children’s services departments are spending considerably more than others. To view the differences presented by this research follow the link below: