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A clutch of important national reports in recent months have considered the state of children’s social care services in England. Their findings do nothing to allay widely held concerns that children’s services are under unsustainable pressure, and that far too many children and families are left without the support they need.
What they all highlight is the loss of early help and preventive services, and how this is contributing to more children in need falling through our supposed safety net – and potentially going ‘off the radar’ all together.
Children referred to social services because of perceived risks may be bounced around between service providers or receive no help at all if they do not meet statutory thresholds for help. And we believe these thresholds vary widely.