The pressures on safeguarding and care services are in part due to the sheer number of households and children accessing services, and in part because of the complexity of their needs.
Risk factors resulting in referrals include drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and poor mental health. Poverty increases the risk of child neglect and makes it difficult for carers to provide for their children, while also increasing the risk of debt build-up and homelessness.
In our view, three main challenges weaken the effectiveness of housing and children’s services:
• Lack of investment in proven interventions
• Tackling short-term risks rather than pursuing long-term goals
• Poor use of data
Download our report to read more about how the councils that are piloting a different approach are unlocking the potential of early intervention and transforming the way services address the needs of the most vulnerable people.