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CHILDREN MAY DIE IN CARE CRISIS

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Britain's social service departments are on the brink of collapse, with some of the most vulnerable children being ...
Britain's social service departments are on the brink of collapse, with some of the most vulnerable children being refused help, reported The Observer (News and sports section,pp1-2).

Association of Directors of Social Services prseident Moira Gibbs is quoted as saying children could die if the pressure on frontline social services is not eased by immediate and substantial investment. Over the weekend the government admitted there was a crisis and child protection had been made a priority. Extra money was being invested and a national campaign for social workers would be launched.

But citing the 'bombardment' of referrals of children rising remorsely, Ms Gibbs said many departments across the country were having to turn away people who desperately needed help. More demand and fewer resources meant frontline social workers were under too much pressure to cope and children were slipping through the net.

'Social srvices are seen as somehow letting everyone down while more and more people want a piece of us than we can possibly give', she said.
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