Pressure faced by children’s services explored by MP’s

11 February 2019

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee holds the first session of its inquiry into funding of local authorities’ children’s services on Monday 11 February with a wide-ranging evidence session featuring academics and children’s charities.

The session will examine the pressures on local authorities’ children’s services, including the causes of increasing demand for child protection services. It will investigate variations in spending levels across local authorities and the effectiveness of different strategies for addressing need, in particular the impact of early intervention. The Committee will also examine the role of private and third sector providers in providing children’s services and the quality of care and outcomes.


Monday 11 February, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

From 4.00pm

  • Professor Lauren Devine, Director, Social Justice Research Group, University of the West of England
  • Phil Harding, independent expert
  • Professor Ray Jones, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, Kingston University and St George's, University of London
  • Dr Miriam Silver, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

From 5.00pm

  • Kathy Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Children England
  • Adam Pemberton, Corporate Director for Strategy and Performance, Barnardo's
  • Cathy Ashley, Chief Executive, Family Rights Group

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