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Crash Barriers A new approach to preventing family crisis

Every year 28,000 children go into care in England. Millions more have their chances of success in later life diminished by growing up in families facing serious and multiple challenges with little or no practical help. Yet research shows us that these crises can often be prevented if the right help is available at the right time.
The system is not working in a way that makes prevention a reality, with parents too afraid to ask for help for the risk of being labelled as ‘failing parents’ and services still focused on dealing with parents only when they have hit crisis point. The viewpoint of individual services also remains too narrow with the needs of the whole family often ignored unless children are deemed ‘at risk’.

Crash Barriers argues for a new approach to support for families which tackles these system failures head on.