Children’s Commissioner warns of the ‘Toxic Trio’

The media have recently reported on the Children’s Commissioner’s report which highlights that an estimate of 8,300 babies are growing up with issues of alcohol or substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health  – known as the “toxic trio” from their parents.

Children are identified as being in need and there is a call from the government to address more funding for Children’s Services in the forthcoming budget.

The report entitled “Crying Shame” refers to babies being particularly vulnerable as they are entirely reliant on their parents to provide safe care. Despite their increased vulnerability they can be invisible to professionals.

The government, in their reply to the report have confirmed that it is vital for all children to receive the care and support they require, when they need it.  This is being addressed under the Domestic Abuse Bill were investments of £270 million are being made for children’s social care programmes to improve the lives of vulnerable children.

Local councils start 182 children on child protection plans every day.  It is important that children are kept safe from harm and abuse and further services are to be considered with funding in the autumn budget.

At Forbes we support parents and families who are involved with children’s services.  We are able to provide advice for child protection meetings.  For further information please contact our Family team via email or phone 0800 689 1058. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.

Gill Carr

About Gill Carr

Gill Carr is an Associate Solicitor within the Family department at Forbes Solicitors. Gill’s blogs cover his specialisms of child protection, acting for both parents and children together with family members. Gill also advises and comments upon forced marriage, divorce, separation, child arrangements and financial matters. Gill writes about current legislation and case law relating to family law.
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