A group of academics has said that child protection is far too important to be exposed to the "fickleness and failings" of private sector organisations
Almost 40 senior social services academics, led by professor Ray Jones, of Kingston University, signed a letter published in The Guardian expressing their concern that children's social work services in England, including child protection, could be "opened up to the market and without regulation".
A Department for Education consultation paper published last month says that enabling local authorities to outsource children's social services will encourage innovation and improve outcomes for at-risk youngsters, the Guardian reported.
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The letter was signed by the CBI, British Chambers of Commerce, the EEF, the Institute of Directors and the Federation of Small Businesses.
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