Action for Children responds to Public Accounts Committee report on reforming children's services

Posted by Media team / Friday 22 March 2019 / Press release
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Action for Children responds to today’s Public Accounts Committee report which criticises the Government’s progress in reforming children’s services.

 

Director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, Imran Hussain, said: “Today’s figures paint a bleak picture of children’s services on their knees across the country, and the Government’s continued failure to grasp this very real crisis.

“Every day at Action for Children we see how children’s services can be a lifeline for families and play a critical role in stepping in early to keep vulnerable children safe from neglect, abuse and harm.  Yet faced with crippling funding cuts, cash-strapped councils are struggling to keep open early help services and are being forced to spend more of their shrinking budgets on crisis services, which means thousands of vulnerable children and families are left to fend for themselves as problems spiral out of control.

 “The paralysing impact of Brexit is having real-world consequences for our most vulnerable children. Whether we leave or remain, the Government must take action by prioritising extra funding in this year’s Spending Review and give our children a chance at the best start in life.”

 

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SPOKESPEOPLE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Huw Beale, Senior Media Officer, Action for Children:  07718 114 038 / [email protected]

Out of hours: 07802 806 679 / [email protected]

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

HOW ACTION FOR CHILDREN WORKS: Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK through intervening early to stop neglect and abuse, fostering and adoption, supporting disabled children, and by campaigning tirelessly to make life better for children and families. With over 550 services the charity improves the lives of more than 300,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. actionforchildren.org.uk