‘No Cases Of Slavery’ At G4S And Interserve
Bosses at G4S and Interserve have said they have found no cases of slavery in their supply chains.
The declarations were made during a hearing of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, which is conducting an inquiry into Whitehall’s strategic suppliers.
MP Anne Marie Morris expressed surprise when both G4S CEO Peter Neden and Debbie White, CEO at Interserve, said there was no slavery in their supply chains.
“How much slavery have you found? I can’t believe that the answer is zero,” she said. Continue reading →
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 proposal from the then Michael Gove’s Department for Education (DfE) to permit the outsourcing of children’s social services in England to companies such as G4S and Serco has alarmed experts. They say profit-making companies should not be in charge of such sensitive family matters, and warn that the introduction of the profit motive into child protection may distort the decision-making process.