Briefing: NAO – Pressures on children’s social care

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
February 1, 2019
Martin Rogers
Issues Covered
  • Demand for children's social services
  • DfE action to meet increased demand
  • Financial implications of increased demand
Children's services and education, Local government finance
Related briefings

NAO report: Children in need of help or protection (October 2016)

NAO report: Financial sustainability of local authorities (March 2018)

DFE policy: Putting children first (August 2016)

The National Audit Office has analysed increased local authority expenditure on children’s social care services, finding demand outstripping increases in the child population, but with a significant part of the variation between local authorities remaining unexplained.

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