Asylum-seeking children and children in need

Community Care magazine has reported that “asylum-seeking children and children in need will suffer the biggest cuts in spending over the next year.” Data published by the Department for Education summarises council budgets set at the beginning of each financial year and reveal how much they plan to spend on children’s social care in England during 2011-12.

The figures “show that, compared with 2010-11, money allocated for asylum-seeking children will drop by 29%, while “other family support”, which includes children-in-need payments, family support workers and support for young care leavers, will fall by 23%.” The fall in spending on asylum seekers could be explained by a reduction in the number of young claimants or the absorption of some specialist social work teams into generic teams.


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