‘Children in need’ suffer at the sharp end of cuts

Written by: National Children’s Bureau
21 December 2017

On the back of rising levels of child abuse and neglect, the National Children’s Bureau is making clear recommendations to Government on how children’s services need to be strengthened and properly funded.


Government cuts to local children’s services are seriously jeopardising the future of many children, particularly those who are living in disadvantaged circumstances.

This is the clear message from a new survey carried out by charity the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), which polled more than a hundred local authority lead members with responsibility for children’s services. Two thirds of them say their local authority doesn’t have the resources to provide universal services such as children’s centres.

The survey found that:

  • More than four in ten (41 per cent) said they didn’t have enough money to meet one or more of their statutory duties to children.
  • Over a third (35 per cent) said their local authority lacked the resources to support ‘children in need’, with 36 per cent having insufficient funding to help children in care, and nearly one in three (30 per cent) lacking the resources to support children with protection plans.

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