13 Mar 2012

Enver Solomon, Policy Director at The Children’s Society, said:

'The government is absolutely right to make a firm commitment to do more to support the most disadvantaged children and families, especially given the pressures they are facing at a time of great austerity.

'It has rightly recognised that services often fail those in greatest need. Interventions are often disjointed and can fail to provide long-term support. Older children in particular struggle to find trusting relationships and can feel alienated from mainstream services. Professionals need to be given the time and space, with manageable case loads, so they can focus more on providing good quality support.

'If the government is to deliver the step change in support that it wants to see then it is critical that early intervention does not just become early help for children at the start of life. Early help must be provided for all children as soon as they need it - whatever their age. It must also recognise that money does matter to delivering social justice, since family income makes a difference to children's futures.'

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