Cost of caring for children creates significant pressure for local authorities

The cost of providing safe and secure care for children over the last 5 years has far exceeded the budget available.  As Westminster Grants are cut back the costs continue to rise.

It is estimated that there has been an over spend of around £3bn in the budgets of local authorities for children’s safety.  The Local Government Association (LGA) called on the Government to make use of the coming review of children’s social care as an opportunity to look at why the needs for care have increased and take the chance of addressing this problem.

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Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) update

SCAI is now sitting again to hear evidence in public session from Tuesday 10 September 2019. Between 10 September and 5 November 2019, SCAI plans to conclude hearing evidence and submissions for its Phase 4 case studies on residential care establishments run by male religious orders.

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