Authors: Action for Children
Format: Online report
Summary: Investigates whether children who are vulnerable but do not meet the criteria for statutory support are directed to early help services. Uses data from a Freedom of Information request to all local authorities in England, interviews with early help staff from six local authorities and with Action for Children staff. Findings include: over 180,000 children were referred to social services but did not meet the threshold for statutory support; children were likely to be living with issues such as domestic violence or substance misuse; 1 in 4 four were referred to services to help them deal with these problems, but 3 in 4 (140,000) received no such signposting. Concludes with a number of recommendations for government and local authorities.
Publication details: London: Action for Children, 2017
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