An article in today’s Observer makes grim reading.
It succinctly details the funding pressures on English local authorities with respect to child protection services. It starkly details how a combination of rising demand and shrinking funding is precipitating a crisis. It observes that the impact of unfavourable Ofsted inspections exacerbates the problems of struggling councils rather than helps them to improve.
There’s nothing new here. Anybody with knowledge of the sector will not be surprised to read any of that. But the article pulls things together very nicely, presenting a sharply focused and daunting picture of an impending disaster.
It is a must-read.