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Keep Profit Out Of Child ProtectionThe Department for Education’s consultation on delegating children’s social care functions closes on the 30th May 2014. We recognise the need to explore possible new ways to improve and transform children’s services if their rights and lives are to be well-protected long into the future. We ask Michael Gove to ensure, however, that no commercial company and its shareholders should ever be able to make profit from public spending on child protection. Every aspect of daily practice and decision-making by child protection professionals has life-changing impacts on the rights and futures of every single child and family member affected. As a society we have already banned private companies from being able to profit from involvement in child adoption. We believe exactly the same kind of legal protection is needed to preserve and build public confidence in child protection, so that whatever else may change in local organisation and delivery, the only legal, professional and organisational motives driving child protection decisions will remain children’s best interests. *Under section 47 of the Children Act 198913,033 of 15,000 SignaturesCreated by Chloë Darlington
Ask leaders: What will you do for children in care?The forthcoming Leaders' Debate presents a vital opportunity for the voting public to hear how the different political parties would act in government over the next five years, if given the power to do so. Among the millions of children and young people who are affected by government policies every day, one group in particular rely more directly on government than any other – the 68,000 children in care*. For these children and young people, too-often invisible in political debates and without a vote of their own, the state has a special responsibility. Anyone seeking government office, not least hoping to be Prime Minister, takes on a ‘corporate’ responsibility for all children in care. We believe it is our duty as voters to hold our politicians to democratic account for their role as corporate parents to these children. If we don’t, who will? This General Election should be the first in which the nation publicly asks its politicians how they will live up to their responsibility to be good parents for our most vulnerable children. We call for the Leaders' Debate on 2nd April (and other leadership interviews) to include one simple question to all parties: ‘What will you do for children in care?’ *There are 68,000 children in care in England.861 of 1,000 SignaturesCreated by Chloë Darlington