Where is the outrage on poor care quality?
Responding to Ofsteds warning on the quality of child social care services in 33 of the 43 councils it inspected last year, early intervention charity Chance UK calls for the public to quiz MPs on how they would improve things.
Gracia McGrath, chief executive of Chance UK, said:
“It is alarming, although not altogether surprising that Ofsted's reports on Children Services has been so damning. Not one council has been found to be outstanding - that should be a worry to us all. The worst councils exposed for not investing in early intervention. There’s a shock!”
“And yet here we are in the lead up to the general election and where is the outrage from political parties that this is the case? Where is the promise of funding for this vital work, especially around early intervention? If schools were described in this way there would be an outcry.”
“Politicians and society alike express concern about the depth of this recession and the impact on our economy. Yet every child and family that is not properly supported costs this country up to £80,000, according to Louise Casey, the government’s head of Troubled Families. This cost will continue to grow with each generation that isn’t offered support or – even worse – offered inadequate or downright poor support.”
“The next generation of troubled families, which we are now growing, will take us deeper into recession and keep us there for a great deal longer. So even if caring has to come with a price tag attached, we should all be talking about this report on the doorsteps when our politicians come knocking. If not, future generations and the economy will end up paying a heavy price.”