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Over 100,000 of England’s most vulnerable children who are on social service plans are getting a postcode lottery of support with huge regional variations dictating the level of protection they get, previously unseen data from the Children’s Commissioner has revealed. 

In worst case scenarios, these inconsistencies and lack of consistent early intervention can prevent children and families from getting the help they need and can lead to devasting long term consequences.  

A new report published today by the Children’s Commissioner has revealed considerable variation between what happens to different groups of children and between different local authorities, when it comes to children on child in need plans.