Latest Public Sector News


Children’s service directors worried about Spending Review

Directors of children’s services are worried that “essential services” will not be adequately funded in the future to cope with a sustained increase in demand, PSE has been told. 

Alison O’Sullivan, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), told us that one of the biggest challenges for service providers is the forthcoming Spending Review “and what that might bring on top of the reductions in funding that local authorities have already experienced”. 

Speaking ahead of this month’s National Children and Adult Services Conference, O’Sullivan added: “We’re worried about whether essential services are going to be adequately funded in the future. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that.” 

O’Sullivan, who is also director for Children and Young People at Kirklees Council, said demand is being driven by a number of factors. 

For example, she said an often overlooked factor is a greater number of children in the population, but also parts of the population have greater needs, and there are growing social pressures caused by austerity policies which are “amplifying the connection between deprivation and the need to intervene and protect children”. 

“We’ve seen several increases in demand at the front door and also for us to intervene. We have an overall trend of increased numbers of children subject to child protection plans and increased numbers of children in care,” said O’Sullivan. 

“Three times during the last year we have seen the month with the greatest number of applications to the court in care proceedings having been made. That is a sustained not just a short-term effect.” 

PSE’s full interview with Alison O’Sullivan will appear in our upcoming October/November 2015 edition.


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment



public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News


Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >


Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

14/11/2019Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts explains how living in a modern, interconnected world, as we do, means public sector organisations cannot afford to ignore the rol... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >