Child protection cases have rocketed – Cameron's only answer is privatisation

Added Date: 15th January 2016
Child protection cases have rocketed – Cameron's only answer is privatisation

Guardian Article

In recent months I have had the privilege of meeting with thousands of social workers and others across England who work hard to help families and, when necessary, protect children. I also meet council leaders, chief executives and directors of children’s services, and colleagues in the police, health services and schools. They are caring, committed, competent and creative people.

But local councils are between a rock and a hard place with more stones raining down on them from the government, including David Cameron’s announcement on Monday that failing children’s services are to be taken over, with councils losing their responsibility to help and protect children in their area.

Following changes made in 2014, the government is lining up what Cameron has called market place “insurgents”, and the Department for Education calls “newcos” (new companies), to take over council services. Companies such as G4S, Serco, Mouchel and Amey are joining in the discussions with the DfE and positioning themselves to take up these new “market opportunities”. This is not just, as Cameron has suggested, about charities taking on these services. Indeed many children’s charities are wary of the government’s actions and intentions.

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