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Children in the poorest areas are 10 times more likely to be taken into care than those in wealthier areas, an ADCS report said [Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian].

The relevance of this is self-evident:

Welfare reforms, reductions in family support services such as Sure Start, and rising poverty levels are fuelling record numbers of children being taken into care, local authority leaders have said.

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) said austerity policies and an increasingly fragmented approach to public services were taking a toll on communities and punishing the most economically fragile households.

“The unintended consequence of the government’s austerity programme has been to drive up demand for [child protection] services as more and more families find themselves at the point of crisis with little or no early help available,” it said in a report.

Source: Austerity policy blamed for record numbers of children taken into care | Society | The Guardian


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