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ADCS report highlights safeguarding pressures before and during pandemic

The Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has published the full report of its latest iteration of Safeguarding Pressures research. For over a decade ADCS has collected both qualitative and quantitative data from local authorities to evidence and better understand changes in demand for, and provision of, children's social care and associated services. This report outlines pressures faced by local authorities during 2019/20 while also including a focus on activity in the first six months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The report draws together survey responses from 129 of all local authorities in England, covering 89 per cent of England's children and young people population. These, together with existing data, provide an insight into the safeguarding related pressures facing children's services across the country.
As of 31 March 2020:

The report also captured some of the impact of the pandemic on children's services. In the six months up to 30 September 2020:

For the Safeguarding Pressures Phase 7 report, click here. For the executive summary, click here.