"The system is failing children" - our response to Children's Commissioner study that over two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks

Posted by / Wednesday 04 July 2018 / Press release
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In response to the Children's Commissioner study that over two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks…

Imran Hussain, director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, said:

"It's our most vulnerable children who are paying the price for the punishing central government cuts to council budgets, and being left without the early help they desperately need.

"Every day at Action for Children we see families suffering at the hands of domestic abuse, neglect or alcoholism – scars that can stay with children for the rest of their lives. But cash-strapped councils, in an impossible financial position, are being asked to deliver critical children’s services with one hand tied behind their backs. Our own research shows they are being forced to focus on children in crisis and simply can’t afford the early help services families need to prevent problems from spiralling.

"The system is failing children all over the country and unless the government takes urgent action in next year’s spending review to address this funding crisis, things will only get worse."

 

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES

 

For further information or interviews with Imran or case studies, please contact Huw Beale, senior media officer at Action for Children, on huw.beale@actionforchildren.org.uk or call 07718 114 038 (out of hours: 07802 806 679 / mediateam@actionforchildren.org.uk).

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK through fostering or adoption, by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse, by influencing policy, and by making life better for disabled children. With over 600 services the charity improves the lives of 370,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year.actionforchildren.org.uk