DfE failing to understand inequalities in children’s services pressures, report argues

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Paul Bywaters of the University of Huddersfield welcomes the National Audit Office analysis of factors affecting demand for children's services which concludes that government must urgently get to grips with variations in local authority safeguarding activity and spending. However, he warns that the NAO’s weighting of likely factors influencing local variations must not be used “to blame local authorities and deflect attention from the impact of austerity on families and services”, particularly in more deprived local authorities.

Period23 Jan 2019

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  • TitleDfE failing to understand inequalities in children’s services pressures, report argues
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletcommunitycare.co.uk
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date23/01/19
    DescriptionThe NAO’s weighting of likely factors influencing local variations must not be used “to blame local authorities and deflect attention from the impact of austerity on families and services”, particularly in more deprived local authorities.

    “How the NAO concluded that only 15% of local authority variation resulted from deprivation is unclear,”
    URLhttps://www.communitycare.co.uk/2019/01/23/dfe-failing-understand-inequalities-childrens-services-pressures-report-argues/
    PersonsPaul Bywaters