CHILD PROTECTION FOR PROFIT SYSTEM
In 2011, the American right-wing blog Scrogged declared: ‘The budget discussions have made it clear that our federal, state, and local governments simply must cut costs by shedding some of th…
Source: CHILD PROTECTION FOR PROFIT SYSTEM.
An article in The Guardian (May 16, 2014) stated: ‘The power to take children away from their families could be privatised along with other child protection services under controversial plans the government has quietly announced. A DfE consultation paper published last month argues that enabling local authorities to outsource children’s social services will encourage innovation and improve outcomes for at-risk youngsters’. This article quoted Kathy Evans, chief executive of Children England: “What is of most concern here is the function of deciding whether a child is at risk, assessing the family and making recommendations to court, making decisions about how resources will be allocated to children on taxpayers’ behalf. It’s in that process where the profit-motive could really undermine whoever is trying to do that very difficult work”.
The President Of The Association Of Directors Of Children’s Services
This month the new President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Dave Hill, spoke out against Independent Fostering Agencies (IFAs) offering £3,000 “Golden Hellos” to foster carers to switch agencies.
He said: “We think it is very sharp practice because we’re recruiting, training, assessing and approving those foster carers. We just think that is morally absolutely wrong.”
This type of conduct has been going on for decades. Every social worker and foster carer derives their income from the children who are placed in state care.
Why is they are now complaining?