Government urged to increase funding amid fears of coronavirus impact on children’s services

The Government needs to invest money in children’s services to stop families reaching crisis point after coronavirus, a group of leading charities have warned.

In a joint report by Barnardo’s, the Children’s Society, Action for Children, the NSPCC and the National Children’s Bureau, the charities warned the pandemic will exacerbate existing problems in underfunded local authorities.

The charities said the Government must help local authorities invest in early intervention programmes as the demand for children’s services is expected to rise significantly.

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