Vulnerable children are being left as their needs are not deemed severe enough
According to Action for Children 140,000 children who are referred to Social Services because of issues related to drugs, alcoholism, domestic violence and neglect are being left in Limbo and are not receiving the help they need. These children’s needs are deemed as not severe enough to receive help, therefore leaving these children vulnerable.
Children who are affected by issues like domestic violence is being put at risk of harm. On many occasions, children are repeatedly being referred to Social Services as they are at risk but fail to receive the support they need
Information from 141 local authorities in England suggests that these children’s needs are eligible for support from social services however this is not the case and thousands of children are being left to witness abuse such as domestic violence or being placed in an environment where there is substance misuse.
Action for Children is asking for changes to be made to strengthen current legislation to ensure children receive the early help they need as soon as possible.