Up to 140000 children left at risk of neglect and abuse as cash-strapped councils struggle to cope, figures show –

According to the report by Action for Children, the most common reason for referral was domestic violence, followed by neglect, physical abuse, mental health of parent and substance misuse.

“Councils will receive more than £200bn for local services up to 2020 and spent nearly £8bn last year on children’s social care but we want to help them do even more.

“However, they are at the point where there are very few savings left to find without having a real and lasting impact upon crucial services that many children and families across the country desperately rely on.”

“All the evidence we have shows that the earlier we can provide support, the more valuable the help will be and the better it is for the family and wider society.”

It comes after revealed last week that council leaders warned that funding cuts had pushed children’s social services to “breaking point”, with action only being taken to protect youngsters once they are at imminent risk of harm.

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