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Claim drain on children’s services

22 October 2010

Councils say children’s budgets are being cut after the spending review left non-schools children’s services with cuts of 12% in total.

At the same time there has been a significant rise in the number of personal injury claims by individuals claiming that local authorities children’s services failed to protect them from physical and sexual abuse.

The number of claims is expected to rise further as local authorities struggle to maintain child adequate protection services in the teeth of the cuts that are likely.
The Association of Child Protection Services said there was ‘no doubt’ that there would be fewer children’s services than before. Sadly, this is likely to mean that there will be more personal injury claims than before.

These claims can be defended if we put forward robust confident social work witnesses. In some local authorities poor morale and defensiveness will make that more difficult over the next few years.

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