Tory cuts to childrens’ social services mean they face a lifetime of disadvantage

If you heard that children who have to see a social worker end up two grades behind at GCSE and thought the answer was to keep them away from social workers, you’re either a Tory or an idiot – most probably both.

Labour is right and funding for social services has collapsed due to Conservative-prompted cuts.

This Writer lives in one of the most rural areas in the United Kingdom and the service here is struggling desperately.

Faced with a choice between meeting funding targets and giving a child the treatment they deserve, the budget beats the bairn every time.

That’s harmful – not only for the child but for the society he or she inhabits.

It says we don’t care about our youngsters. If they grow up thinking that about themselves – and have evidence in their GCSE results – how will that affect the way they function as part of our culture?

Tories don’t care because they’d rather save the money.

I think they are forgetting the most important law that they can’t change – it’s called the law of unforeseen consequences.

Children who have had contact with a social worker at any time since the age of nine are around two grades behind at GCSE, a government review suggests.

The average classroom has three children who have needed support from social services at some point in last six years – a total of 1.6m children across England, according to the analysis.

On average, disadvantaged pupils achieved around six grades higher and made more progress in schools in cities than those in hamlets and isolated dwellings.

Source: Children with links to social services are two grades behind at GCSE, report suggests | The Independent

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  1. trev June 16, 2019 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    The Tories have done untold amounts of damage to every aspect of Society and to the country as a whole. If kids in the future still have History lessons they will be learning about this time period – the Austerity era – and the damage, injustice and suffering it caused.

  2. Simon Cohen June 16, 2019 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    The Tories keep banging on about Government debt (which is actually quite low!) yet the real debt will be felt by the results of these cuts where we will end up with inter-generational problems in our society. That’s what real debt is – when you don’t do enough spending to ensure that we have a real future.

  3. loonytoonz June 17, 2019 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Mike that’s just the “average” child.
    I know you don’t like long, and this is a long reply, but please Mike read it and look into this abuse of possibly *the* most vulnerable group of the vulnerable, sick and disabled, you advocate strongly for, with your 1st hand experience with Mrs Mike.
    The picture is a whole lot bleaker for our permanently most vulnerable children, those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
    Between LA’s putting (unlawful) local policy above above the law, schs following LA policy rather than the law, perpetuating the #SendMyths of policy trumping law and the delaying tactics LA’s use forcing parents to Tribunal to appeal, just to have the law met.
    This takes months, if not years, with millions of pounds of the SEND budget devoured by legal costs… Always money to fight against doing their duties and using the appeal process to “weed out” parents unable to cope with the added stress and to delay the child having the support they need to access their education put in place, to “save a few quid”. But like ess/pip it costs far more than it’s going to save. Only with our wonderful precious SEND children, denying them what’s lawfully theirs affects the whole of their life, makes worse or causes MH issues including ptsd, sch trauma, self harm, in babies from as young as KS1. It’s not only that child who misses chunks of education and looses their parent/s to being the very best advocate they can be, but siblings too have to pay the price. Sadly too many marriages/long term relationships can’t survive the pressure of this on top of the other pressures being a SEND parent /family after the years of austerity foisted on the country.
    I think if you did a little research, it’s a subject that you will get your teeth into

  4. joanna June 17, 2019 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Or if you actually lived in “care” I went through torture and abuse through the SS. They disadvantaged me more!!

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