It’s that time of year again when the annual Children’s Commissioners Report on Vulnerable Children is released. Every year, for the past three years, Anne Longfield has shown us the scandal of our neglected children and young people, but we don’t seem to care enough to do anything about it. We are surely storing up big problems for the future, this is the next generation we are talking about.
This year’s report shows an increase in the number of vulnerable children living in families with substantial and complex needs. 1.6 million children have no established, recognised support. Anne Longfield’s report calls them ‘Invisible Children’.
We are spending all our resources in Brexit while the next generation are getting less help and becoming more distressed. ‘Austerity’ has created an ever growing number of vulnerable children who need the state to step in because they have reached crisis point. Crisis services are costly and ineffective, yet that’s all we have.
The report highlights the point that children and young people find it hard to access the right support to enable them to grow into happy, healthy adults. We call on the government to address this issue as a matter of urgency. The upcoming spending review should prioritise funds to support children and families before they become patients of the future.