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Reform of child protection and children’s services 

Plans to change the way child protection and children’s services are delivered by “bringing in new providers” have been given a mixed reception by the Children’s Services sector.

Children’s services have been identified by Prime Minister David Cameron as a “standout area” for reform ahead of the autumn Spending Review.

Cameron stated that the government will adopt a “smarter” approach to public services and went on to set out government thinking on how to deliver £20bn of cuts. Read more

Commenting on the announcement made by the Prime Minister for a ‘smarter state’, Alison O’Sullivan, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services stated in a press release issued on 11th September 2015:

“Directors of children’s services do not shy away from change. That change, however, must be meaningful and must improve outcomes for the most vulnerable in our care. The full impact of recent cuts to local authority funding are not yet well understood and at the same time further cuts will need to be made. So government must recognise that the current picture of severely limited resources and increased demand for services is one which cannot be sustained. Resources are diminishing but need most definitely is not. We want to talk about new models, and we want to be in the forefront of making a challenging and intelligent contribution about how we can deliver improved services. It’s vital that this thinking draws upon the experience of dedicated professionals in the field.”

Read more at Children & Young People Now: Cameron’s children’s services ‘reform’ agenda receives mixed response from sector

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