Total net planned expenditure on children's and young peoples services in 2022-23 is £10.3 billion, £0.7 billion (7.3%) higher than in 2021-22. This includes:
- Sure start children's centres and early years funding
- Children looked after
- Children and families services
- Safeguarding children and young peoples services
- Family support services
- Services for young people, including substance misuse and teenage pregnancy services, and
- Youth justice
Per capita, planned expenditure is £848, £64 higher than in 2021-22 and continuing an increasing trend since 2016-17 when spend per capita was £642.
The planned net expenditure per capita is highest in Inner London at £1,067 and lowest in the East of England at £668.
Children looked after (CLA)
The latest published information shows that the number of CLA in England increased by 1% in 2021, continuing recent years trend. In addition, figures collected by the department through the local authority survey in England to help understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s social care, indicate that the number of CLA has increased since 2019-20.
In 2022-23 planned net expenditure on CLA is £5.4 billion, a 10.4% increase from 2021-22. Expenditure on CLA consistently forms the largest proportion of LA spending on children's and young people's services. It represents 52.6% of this expenditure in 2022-23, slightly higher than in 2021-22 (51.1%).
Planned net expenditure increased across all categories for CLA, with the largest rises seen in asylum seeker children (53.0%), education of CLA (17.1%) and residential care (16.2%). The latest data published by the Home Office, shows a rise of 67.0% in the number of unaccompanied asylum seeker children applications for the year ending June 2022. Accordingly, LAs may be anticipating an increase in UASC numbers.
Sure Start Children's Centres and Early Years Funding
Planned net expenditure on Sure Start Children's Centres and Early Years Funding for 2022-23 is £442 million, £5 million less than in 2021-22.
Trends of Sure Start planned expenditure categories are consistent since 2010-11; while planned expenditure on management costs has increased, planned expenditure on individual sure start centres, and services delivered through Sure Start Children's Centres has decreased.
A full breakdown of all categories within children's and young peoples services for the financial year 2022-23 can be found in Table 5: Planned expenditure, by category, on children's and young peoples services, England, 2022-23. A summary showing net planned expenditure, and expenditure per capita, for all financial years since 2015-16 is shown in Table 6: Total planned expenditure, and net expenditure per capita, for children's and young peoples services, England, 2015-16 to 2022-23.
Other children's and young people's services
Other net planned expenditure within children's and young peoples services includes family support, which has increased by 7.2% to £1.1 billion in 2022-23 and safeguarding services which has increased by 4.4% to £2.7 billion.
For services targeted at young people, net planned expenditure on universal services decreased by £11.1 million between 2021-22 and 2022-23. Universal and open access services are open to all young people, regardless of their circumstances or perception of vulnerability. Over the same period, targeted services for young people has increased by £5 million. Targeted services are those focused on supporting early intervention for vulnerable young people, including but not limited to those at risk of teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, youth crime and not being in education, employment or training.