The Department for Education has responded to its consultation on local authorities outsourcing children’s services. Under new regulations, local authorities will be able to delegate social care functions to mutuals, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations to deliver children's social care.
Responding to the announcement, Kate Mulley, director of public policy at Action for Children said: “The freedom to outsource children’s services will allow local authorities to innovate and improve support provided to families.
“Action for Children welcomes the Department for Education’s response and the safeguards it puts in place to ensure chosen providers possess the relevant expertise and experience required to deliver the best outcomes for children.
“The wellbeing of children must be at the heart of any changes made."
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