The Tories are failing vulnerable children

Children entering the care system every day is at a record high of 90 young people a day. The increase has been put down to such factors as substance misuse, inadequate housing, poverty and problems in the household. To March 2017 children that were being looked after in England and Wales was over 72,000.

With so many cuts to Children Services, the services are at a breaking point. Funding pressures leading to gaps in services are putting children and families at risk. Figures show that three-quarters of English councils exceeded their budgets, by over £600 million for children’s services last year. Now, increasingly, vulnerable children are being moved away from their hometowns. Responding to reports of a significant increase in the number of children being placed in care outside of their hometown, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:

These figures offer insight into the distress suffered by children taken into care. These children have likely already endured abuse or neglect, and the government should be going the extra mile to protect them from further trauma.

“This is a shocking abdication of responsibility by the government of the most vulnerable children. It is the government’s duty and moral responsibility to shelter them from harm. The Tories are clearly failing to do so.

“Social services are shockingly underfunded and under-resourced, and these statistics are an abrupt wake-up call.

”shockingly underfunded and under-resourced and these statistics are an abrupt wake-up call.”




* Tahir Maher is a member of the LDV editorial team and the Chair of the English Party

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  • Why then did our Danny Alexander make upteen media appearances supporting the freezing of family allowances, child benefits and the introduction of a cap on charitable donations?
    His defence of his support for the reduction of top rate tax, at the same time as the above policies, was, “Difficult decisions have to be made”…

    Let us hope the electorate have short memories.

  • Do we have a detailed policy on what should be done. For example I notice the problem of children being placed away from home. But there is a problem in that in many areas with smaller houses there are not sufficient potential foster careers with houses with enough bedrooms to meet the requirements. So what should be done? We have to ask ourselves how much of a priority we see the issue.

  • Sean Hyland 9th May '18 - 3:45pm

    As expats and David Raw point out its no good just blaming the current government. A long hard look needs to be made on the actions of the past governments including the Lib Dems role in coalition. It’s hard to point fingers when you were part of the problem.

  • Additionally last year 5,000 siblings placed in care were seperated from each other!
    The total child care headache really became a problem after the Baby P case and Camerons onslaught in the Commons which targetted the Head of Harringey Social Services. (Meddling by politicians). Since then the numbers going into care has rapidly increased. It is like getting a quart into a pint pot, as the old saying pre metric did go. Now there is sort of clearing system trying to find vacancies for some kids, whose track record is not good. You could legitimately say being seperated from family etc is bad in iteself. This clearing system can place them anywhere that is deemed suitable and where the placement agrees to take them. Makes things far worse.
    Too many kids going into care, not enough places for them, the problem grows worse with each passing year, and all we seem to worry about is Brexit.

  • It is not just the Tories, it is virtually everyone, because who REALLY cares, when there are so many other things more important, such as flaming Brexit!!!
    Last year 5,000 children placed in care were separated from their siblings, bad enough being placed in care with all the mental trauma and fear that can create, but not to be with your brother or sister just adds to the problem.
    I am actively involved in Child safeguarding and know from personal experience the scale of this issue, which has got worse every year since the Baby P case, which exposed politicians of every party at their worst, scapegoating one official in particular, whist avoiding the cumulative effect of low staffing levels at the time.
    Sadly there is no sign of the situation changing for the better.

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