Thursday 4 March 2021 / 1:27 PM Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq responds to Vulnerable Children and Young People Survey showing referrals to children’s services were down 23 per cent in late January against previous years

Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, responding to the Vulnerable Children and Young People Survey which shows that referrals to children’s services were down 23 per cent in late January compared to the same period in previous years, said:

“The Government has treated children as an afterthought throughout this pandemic. Vulnerable children face greater risks during lockdown, so it is extremely concerning to see this decline in referrals to children’s support services.

“The Government has clearly not learnt lessons from the first lockdown when many vulnerable children were left without support.

“Instead of doing everything possible to identify children at risk of slipping through the gaps, Ministers are turning their backs allowing Government funding for a programme reaching these vulnerable young people to end this month.”