"Councils share the Commissioner’s concerns about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on vulnerable teenagers."
Responding to a report by the Children’s Commissioner warning that the coronavirus crisis could see a lost generation of vulnerable teenagers falling through gaps in the school and social care systems, Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:
“Councils share the Commissioner’s concerns about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on vulnerable teenagers.
“Social workers and colleagues across children’s services and education have done an incredible job trying to keep children and young people safe and well during this hugely challenging period.
“However, children’s social care referrals have fallen by more than half in some areas, from an average of almost 1,800 per day, which raises concerns that not all young people are getting the support they need.
“Councils are working with their partners and communities to try to identify children who may be at risk. As this report reinforces, it is vital that councils have the funding they need to support children, young people and families as part of the national recovery.
“The impact of the pandemic on some children will be far-reaching, and it will be essential that the right services are there to support them.”