Commenting on the report published by the Welsh Parliament’s Children, Young People and Education Committee “If not now, then when? Radical reform for care experienced children and young people”, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Social Services Gareth Davies MS, Said:
“It is crystal clear that child services in Wales are not up to scratch. Labour are letting children down and putting their lives at risk with their lack of action and mismanagement.
“There has been a staggering increase in spending by 67.3% to £373 million in 2021-22, which shows that throwing money at the problem is not the answer. Labour must act immediately to ensure the safety of children in care. I worry that if they do not, we will be hearing of the latest tragic - yet avoidable – incident that we keep seeing more and more here in Wales.
“It’s clear more than ever that we need a Wales-wide review of children’s services. Wales is the only UK nation not undertaking one, whilst having the UK’s highest rate of looked-after children.”