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State of Children’s Rights in England 2016: Safeguarding children

The past year has seen a plethora of positive measures from Government to improve support for both children in care and care leavers as part of a reformed vision to improve children’s social care. However, cuts to local authority budgets, particularly early intervention services, risk damaging outcomes for vulnerable children as social workers struggle to do more with less. There is still some way to go before children in residential care achieve parity of support with those in foster care. Moves to increase the number of adoptions after a decrease are welcome but risk undermining other equally valid options which help ensure permanence for children.

The true scale of the sexual abuse and exploitation of children is starting to be revealed across the country after recognition from Government to tackle the issue and bring perpetrators to justice. Whilst important, it’s crucial that vulnerable victims receive the support they need to recover and are able to have their voices heard.