A survey of social workers by the National Children’s bureau finds that over-stretched resources are making it harder for children to qualify for help.

From the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) website:

“Children must fall deeper into crisis before getting help, suggests survey of social workers.

  • In a survey of over 1,600 social workers, 70 per cent said that the threshold for qualifying as a ‘child in need’ had risen over the last three years.
  • 60 per cent said that the resources available to children’s services influenced decisions about whether to offer early help.

New research by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) on behalf of a cross-party group of MPs suggests it is getting harder for vulnerable children to access the support they need.

The survey of over 1,600 social workers in England found that thresholds for a range of interventions have risen over the last three years, meaning children have to reach a higher level of need before qualifying for help, with many saying financial pressures are to blame.”

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