Charities warn of 'devastating cost' of cuts to children's services

With council spending on early intervention cut by 40%, ministers urged to prevent ‘crisis turning into catastrophe’

Local authority children’s services are being reduced to crisis-driven firefighting as a result of “crippling” central government funding cuts, according to a report.

Three leading children’s charities are warning that early intervention services, designed to prevent problems escalating and children suffering a crisis, have been hardest hit by budget cuts.

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