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TOPIC: The creeping entry of privateers into child welfare services

The creeping entry of privateers into child welfare services 20 Jan 2018 13:31 #5807

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A SNEAK government announcement just before Christmas revealed that private companies received £8.52 million of government funding as part of changes to social workers’ employment.

The controversial new accreditation process has already been criticised by social workers and local government bosses as too costly, unnecessary and undermining professionalism.

The accreditation test for social workers has been mired in controversy since it was first announced at a time of local government cutbacks.

The government has faced a backlash over private-sector involvement in the test’s development after it was announced private consultancies KPMG and Morning Lane Associates would design the assessment process. Some 60 per cent of social workers surveyed by the British Association of Social Workers are against the new system.

In addition to undermining social workers, the government’s slashing of local authority social work budgets over the past five years has eroded their capacity to run residential care.

It’s a classic case of running down a public service to the point of failure and then justifying privatisation as a solution.

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