More children need support
Two significant facts emerged from Action for Children’s recent publication The Red Book: • More children need support • There is less capacity to respond to this increased need because of cuts in funding
This has had an impact on the
children's centresand the
intensive family supportthat they provide.
Action for Childrencurrently run over 120 centres across the UK. These centres help over 90,000 children and families by providing the emotional and practical support they need.
However due to decreases in funding, their children’s centres are being asked to deliver more for less.
The services they spoke to are feeling the impact of cuts and contract changes. Common implications include:
• Decrease in overall budget
• Reduction in staff
• Less services provided
They are concerned that if these trends continue, it will result in a dismantling of the infrastructure of children's centres.
Download Action for Children’s findings on the impact on their children's centres
Intensive family support
When asked if their budgets had been affected by cuts, Action for Children’s intensive family support services:
• 73% of services had a decrease in their overall budget
• Five intensive family support services have closed
• 22% of services reported working at higher thresholds of need
In addition they are uncertain about their future and the services they rely on.
Download Action for Children’s findings on the impact on their intensive family support centres