40 academics sign letter over child protection concerns

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

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40 academics sign letter over child protection concerns

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 signed a letter Credit: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/Press Association Images

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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