London Councils has responded to the launch of the government’s long-term strategy for children’s social care.
Children’s social care services in the capital have been under intense pressure for many years. Demand for services has increased as the capital’s child population has grown fast over the last decade – up 14% in London compared to 6% across the rest of England.
Cllr Ian Edwards, London Councils’ Executive Member for Children & Young People, said:
“Vulnerable children in London and across the country deserve high-quality social care that will not only keep them safe but help them thrive.
“The government is right to recognise the massive pressures facing the system and the need both for reform and more resources. Boroughs will certainly welcome the strategy’s emphasis on early intervention, joined-up help for struggling families, and expanding councils’ social care workforce.
“In London, boroughs are working together on these shared challenges, driving innovation and best practice through collaboration. It is positive that the strategy acknowledges the impact of this approach.
“However, funding looks set to remain a major concern. We estimate that London boroughs are collectively overspending on children’s social care budgets by around £200 million each year because of the immense support needs in our communities. A sustained growth in investment for local services will be essential for making these ambitions a reality – and we look forward to working with ministers to help ensure this happens.”