Thursday, 11 September 2014

Child protection outsourcing - is it all over bar the shouting?

It seems that Parliament has waived through regulations that permit the outsourcing of child protection services in England. 

I’m told by those in the know that ‘ghost’ commissioning organisations are already in place, ready to process bids from charities and others once the new regulations come into force. And I understand that the work of the Innovation Unit at the Department for Education has been dominated by the outsourcing issue. 

As I’ve said before the worst consequence of this ideological policy avalanche is that it is a unnecessary distraction from the real issue of improving safety and quality of service.

From what I’ve heard on the grapevine the detail of the proposals reveals a complicated and complex web of interlocking organisations and processes which, instead of simplifying and clarifying, introduces convoluted and obscure ways of doing business. That also has to be bad news.

A correspondent of mine talks about it all being like “a revivalist movement for the mystical power of more re-organisation”.