Children's services have changed significantly since 2008 when the last edition of this title was prepared. There have been substantial changes to the legislative framework with two new Children's Acts in 2014 and 2017 and guidance changes following the Munro review in 2011. This publication offers an introduction to the subject as well as an understanding of the financial issues affecting the delivery of children's services.
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The Munro review led to a more systematic approach to safeguarding and protection. The 2014 Act led to the replacement of the statement of education needs and learning disability assessments with single education, health and care (EHC) plans. Austerity has led to a major reduction in children’s centres and youth services.
There has been an increasing shift in practice to act as early and as quickly as possible, seen in the troubled families initiative launched in 2015 and other support to families and children on the edge of care through early help.
This publication aims to provide an improved understanding of the financial issues of children’s services and give a better appreciation of the financial framework within which children’s services are delivered.
It offers an introduction to the subject and is written with a wide audience in mind, including, finance professionals, social services professionals, heads of service and budget managers, children’s trust board members, researchers, academics and others interested in the financial background to children’s services.
Amongst other things this updated version considers:
This title is available in digital format. The digital, online version is a bookmarked downloadable PDF of the publication that can be shared throughout your organisation. Customers will need to register and log in to CIPFA’s website to access the publication.
Details of licensing arrangements for other categories of purchaser, which includes those organisations operating shared service arrangements, are available from CIPFA’s Publications Department.