Children's services funding – facts and figures

Funding has decreased and demand has gone up - these are the figures of a children's services system at breaking point.


Demand has gone up...

Over the past years demand for children's services has risen dramatically.

The number of children subject to child protection enquiries has increased 151 per cent in 10 years - from 73,800 in 2006/07 to 185,450 in 2016/17.

Over the same period, the number of children on child protection plans increased by more than 23,000.

The total number of looked after children reached a new high of 72,670 in 2016/17. This equals 90 children coming into care every day, and represents the biggest annual rise of children in care in seven years

...and funding has been cut

By 2020, local government in England will have lost 75 pence out of every £1 of core central government funding that it had to spend in 2015.

Overall, councils are facing a £2 billion funding gap for children’s services by 2020.

In 2015/16, council were forced to overspend on their children's services budgets by £605 million across England.

Government funding for the Early Intervention Grant has been cut by almost £500 million since 2013. It is projected to drop by a further £183 million by 2020.

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