Lots of announcements from the Chancellor today, many relevant to charities and some affecting vulnerable children.
Extra funding to find adoptive parents for children in care is welcome news. But gaps in services and the need for earlier support for some of society’s most vulnerable children remain areas that have yet to be addressed.
Among the announcements from the Chancellor were:
- £30m for local authorities to speed up the adoption process
- A £3m fund for women’s refuges
For some children, being taken into care is the only way to secure their safety. And whilst we welcome the announcement on adoption funding, we urge the Government to continue to apply the same commitment towards increasing adoption figures to ensure children entering the care system quickly get the specialist help they desperately need.