AUSTERITY POLICY BLAMED FOR RECORD NUMBERS OF CHILDREN IN CARE

MICHALSKA, WHO IS THE DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN AND ADULT SERVICES AT NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL, SAID A GROWING NUMBER OF FAMILIES FACED A BLEAK REALITY.

FRAGMENTED APPROACH TO PUBLIC SERVICES IS DAMAGING COMMUNITIES IN ENGLAND AND PUNISHING THE POOR, SAY COUNCIL LEADERS

She added: "Providing help and support to children and families early is the only way to reduce demand for high-end statutory services and health and social care in the long run; not doing so is a false economy and, fundamentally, is not in children and young people's best interests."

Welfare reforms, reductions in family support services such as Sure Start, and rising poverty levels are fuelling record numbers of children being taken into care, local authority leaders have said. The Association of...

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