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LGA - Councils seeing more than 560 child mental health cases every day
Social services are seeing more than 560 cases of children with mental health disorders every day – an increase of more than 50 per cent in just four years, the LGA revealed yesterday.
Latest figures show there were 205,720 cases where a child was identified as having a mental health issue in 2017/18, compared with 133,600 in 2014/15 – up 54 per cent.
The LGA is warning of a “children’s mental health crisis” as councils struggle to cope with enormous levels of demand for children with mental illness.
Ahead of the LGA’s Annual Conference in Bournemouth this week, council leaders are calling for the Government to inject desperately needed funding into children’s services, which face a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025, in the Spending Review.
Early intervention services such as children’s centres and family support services, play a vital role in supporting children before problems become more serious later on.
However, having lost 60p out of every £1 they had from central government to run services in the past decade, many are having to strip back or even end altogether some of these services, as a result of the high levels of demand to support children in care.
There are currently 75,420 children in the care of councils, who since 2010 have also overseen an 84 per cent increase of children on child protection plans to keep them safe from harm.
This level of care is a significantly higher cost for councils. The funding pressures are so great that nine in 10 councils are being forced to overspend their children’s social care budgets.
In addition, public health services, which also support a child’s early development, have seen cuts of £700 million to their budgets over five years.
The LGA says it is essential all these services are properly funded if councils are to give children the care and support they need, and prevent them from developing mental illness.
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Councils strive to make sure that every child gets the best start in life and is able to go on and live a healthy, safe and prosperous life.
“It is clear we are facing a children’s mental health crisis, and councils are struggling to provide the support young people so desperately need.
“Significant funding pressures in children’s services and public health mean many councils are being forced to cut some of the vital early intervention services which can support children with low level mental health issues and avoid more serious problems in later life.
“It is absolutely vital that the Government adequately funds these services in this year’s Spending Review, so we can tackle this urgent crisis and make sure children get the help they need. It is the least they deserve and the consequences of not tackling this crisis now can be devastating for young people and their families.”
The LGA’s Annual Conference will take place between July 2– July 4 at the Bournemouth International Centre. Over the three days a packed agenda will see a variety of speakers debate issues such as adult social care, children’s services, housing, education, Brexit, skills and more. They include Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jo Swinson MP, Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, Dave Prentis, General Secretary of Unison, Cllr Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the Green Party and Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England. The Conference will also see Lord Porter give his farewell address as he bows out as LGA Chairman at the end of his successful term at the helm of the organisation and Conservative councillors vote in his successor. Further information can be found here. For media accreditation, email email@example.com.
The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign aims to influence the forthcoming Spending Review and highlight the growing risk to vital local services if the Government does not take action to secure the financial sustainability of councils.
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