Englandâ€™s child protection and support services are in financial crisis, with the heaviest cuts burden falling disproportionately on the north of the country and in the most deprived areas, research by the UKâ€™s â€œbig fiveâ€ childrenâ€™s charities has found.
Councils overall suffered a 29% cut in government funding for childrenâ€™s departments between 2010 and 2017-18 â€“ equivalent to Â£3bn â€“ despite spiralling demand for a range of services, from family crisis support to child protection, the research said.
Ongoing austerity cuts would put thousands more children at risk of being placed in care, the charities said, as pressure grew on vulnerable families fromÂ rising child povertyÂ and mental illness to increased incidence of sexual or criminal exploitation.
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station: Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45