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'The national picture is mostly positive, because more children who need to be protected are being protected. For many authorities that have seen an increase in rate from last year, we know that this means that, for some children, life is better; for example, those who were drifting as looked-after children under section 20, but now have the right care plan in place following review.Dave Hill, President of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, said:
The best local authorities are keeping more children safely at home through successful, targeted and high-quality early help programmes. If these programmes could be delivered throughout the country, more children could be supported to come back from the edge of care to safety. Maintaining sufficient funding for targeted services is one of the two biggest challenges for many local authorities, along with creating sustainable stable and high-performing organisations.
These figures will continue to be a useful tool for local authorities in determining what is happening in their local area, but are just one piece of the intelligence held and must be seen in the round. We will continue to work closely with local authorities at the national and local levels, in order to improve our joint understanding of what is going on both in real time and strategically as a trend analysis over time.'
'These figures show that councils remain committed to safeguarding a rising number of vulnerable children and young people from harm, despite substantial reductions to our budgets since 2010. Our children face new and emerging risks that, to tackle, require the joint efforts of local authorities and colleagues from across the sector.The full figures can be viewed and downloaded here.
We will continue to work together with our partners to help support families to stay together where this is appropriate.'
Providing you with a detailed examination of Part III of the Children Act 1989