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38 Degrees - Child protection Could Be Outsourced to Group 4

Midnight_Caller
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38 Degrees - Child protection Could Be Outsourced to Group 4

Hi All
Just got this from 38 Degrees
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Dear,
Would you trust private companies like G4S, Atos or Serco to look after vulnerable children? Or to
influence decisions about taking children into care? Protecting children is one of the most
difficult and sensitive roles for a government to perform. But education secretary Michael Gove is
consulting on whether to outsource this role to profit making companies. [1]
If we want to stop this, we don't have long - the consultation closes this Friday. So far, the
issue's had very little media coverage, and the consultation has barely been publicised. If
thousands of us write in today, we can show Michael Gove that we're watching - and make sure he
drops these plans.
Please can you write to the consultation today:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/childprotection
Decisions by child protection professionals affect lives and can break up families, these
decisions should be kept miles away from any hint of a profit motive. Adoption services have
already been protected from privatisation. And there's no evidence to suggest that outsourcing
services is a good idea anyway. [2]
The government's proposal argues that letting private companies provide children's services will
encourage innovation.[3] But we all saw the mess that G4S made of providing security at the
Olympics, would we really want them to care for vulnerable children's lives?
Experts have already voiced outrage at the plans, now we need to hammer the message home with
people power. [4] Previously when 38 Degrees members have responded to Michael Gove's
consultations, our voices have been heard loud and clear. Last year, he dropped his plans to
remove climate change from school curriculums after we wrote in our thousands to oppose them. [5]
Can you write into the consultation and help stop these plans today:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/childprotection

Thanks for everything you do
Robin, Ali, Blanche and the 38 Degrees team

NOTES:
[1] The Guardian - Privatise child protection services, Department for Education proposes:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/16/privatise-child-protection-services-department-for-ed...
[2] Public Finance - Child protection: not for sale:
http://opinion.publicfinance.co.uk/2014/05/child-protection-not-for-sale/
[3] The government proposal:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/304660/Powers_to_Delegate_...
[4] The Guardian - Child protection services too important to be privatised:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/16/child-protection-privatised
[5] 38 Degrees blog - Victory: Climate change will stay in the curriculum:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2013/07/09/victory-climate-change-will-stay-in-the-curriculum

Bloody hell what next?   Angry
[Edit] Maid title more eye grabbing. 
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TORPC
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Re: 38 Degrees - Child protection Could Be Outsourced to Group 4

I would not trust either of the groups listed in the article to look after a pet yet alone a human being
Going from the reports of these group failings, the government must be off their medication,for even thinking that either of the above are fit to be in the public's best interests
I agree that as it stands now there are a lot that still needs to be dealt with, but outsourcing it to private bungling firms, spells (MAJOR DISASTER)
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Re: 38 Degrees - Child protection Could Be Outsourced to Group 4

I wouldn't trust G4S to enforce a 'Keep off the grass' sign.
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Re: 38 Degrees - Child protection Could Be Outsourced to Group 4

It sounds like a bad joke - what has the country come to  Cry
TORPC
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Re: 38 Degrees - Child protection Could Be Outsourced to Group 4

The country has come to be
I = In
D = Deep
S = Smelly Stuff
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Re: 38 Degrees - Child protection Could Be Outsourced to Group 4

Gawd help us if Scotand votes to leave: the Tories / UKIP will have an unassailable majority to push through this kind of insanity