Published on
10 January 2020

On Local Government Association (LGA) figures revealing a 28% rise over the last decade in the number of looked-after children in England, Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan, said:
“Barnardo’s has long warned about the ‘perfect storm’ in children’s social care. Yet another annual increase in the number of children entering the care system shows that too many families are missing out on help until they reach crisis point. As a consequence, the trauma these children have experienced impacts their education, health and happiness.

“Analysis suggest that local authority children services are facing a funding shortfall of £3 billion by 2025. 

“But it’s not simply a question of money. The system must change too. This is why we are taking a radical new approach to delivery - working with national and local partners to co-design and deliver services, investing our own resource, and focusing on how we can change children’s lives, and the system around them, for the better.”