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Children 'not getting enough help from financially pressed councils'

Release Date: 06 Aug 2018

Families with vulnerable children are not getting enough help from financially pressed councils; that’s the clear message from Barnardo's chief executive Javed Khan.

Responding to Children's Commissioner appearance on the Today Programme, where she spoke about how families with vulnerable children cannot get enough help from cash-strapped councils, Barnardo's Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

It’s vital funding is found to provide essential early support services for families.

If families are helped to tackle issues early on, this reduces the likelihood of problems increasing and leading to more deep seated difficulties in later life.

Investing in early intervention and family support services simply makes sense – not only are we investing in our children, we are investing in our future.

The Government must prioritise these services and help local authorities ensure they are available to all families.

The Children’s Commissioner  Anne Longfield told BBC Radio 4's Today:

Councils have been warning for some time that they are not going to be able to meet their statutory requirements.

I can see and hear every day from families and children who simply can't get help.

There were around 1.5 million children living in families with very high needs such as "severe mental health problems, domestic violence in the household" who were not getting "any form of substantial help"

If you don't help children when the problems aren't at crisis point then the crisis is going to be developing and also it is going to be much more costly when it gets to that point.

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