Stopping troubled children becoming an investment opportunity
Making money out of tragic children is the extreme end of the outsourcing culture. The history of contracting and privatisation has mainly been high cost and high profit for worse service. This 30-year policy has, without evidence, been driven by contempt for the idea of a public ethos, and conviction that private is always best.
An 18% return on the most disturbed and needy children in care homes is the extreme end of Britain's outsourcing culture according to a report by Polly Toynbee today.
'In the two years between 2010 and 2012 outsourcing to private children’s homes rose 8% to 67%.' a place for a "naughty" child costs the same as nine children at Eton. Or you could put each one in the Savoy with a personal tutor. Money would be better spent on extra psychotherapy and education for children whose outcomes are so dismal. A quarter of prisoners come from care.
We need to mount a campaign to bring this appalling practice to an end.
Right on Kate!