The comments made by Tulip Siddiq, the Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, on 4 March 2021.
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.