Child protection costs 'threaten local councils' financial stability'

Nigel Richardson, chair of a care crisis review group, says there is a surge in children being taken into care

Failure to support families at risk and reduce pressure on the care system will lead to child protection services becoming financially unsustainable, the chair of an expert care review group has warned.

Nigel Richardson, a former director of children’s services at Leeds city council, said that the struggle to cope with the rapid surge in children being taken into care at a time when budgets were shrinking could tip some councils into financial crisis.

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