Privitisation of Children’s Services…

I’ve just seen this article in today’s Guardian. What are your thoughts? Frankly it scares the life out of me. As the article notes, how can a child be provided with the services he/she requires when the service provider is, first and foremost, out to make money?

The same principle could be applied to the private contractors involved in the delivery of the Westminster Government’s Work Programme – are job seekers getting a fair deal when the people tasked with helping them find work are also, first and foremost, out to make a profit?

I could go on and on…but it would be nice to hear your thoughts!


1 Response to “Privitisation of Children’s Services…”

  1. 1 Brian McClory March 15, 2012 at 15:11

    I read the article and cannot believe that anyone thinks this would be a good idea. The services “such as child protection, treatment for mentally ill children and adolescents, therapy and respite care for those with disabilities, health visiting, and palliative nursing for dying children” are dependent on staff groups dedicated to the interests of the child and not the interests of profit maximisation. Here is hoping this idea will fizzle out in Devon and will not drift Northwards.


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