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.
More top news
A look ahead to the weather forecast for today across the UK.
The first official report since HMP Birmingham was hit by a riot has found "violence had increased substantially" since the last inspection.
Actor Michael Nyqvist, famed for starring in the original film adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has died aged 56.