Fears over outsourcing plan for childrens homes after damning reports

The Birmingham Post has printed an article which questions the wisdom of privatising Childrens Homes.

Privatisation means handing over direct control of critical services to unaccountable for-profit businesses.

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"Council officials have raised doubts over plans to outsource Birmingham’s children’s homes following two new damning Ofsted inspections.

Two privately-run children’s homes in Birmingham have been slammed by the education watchdog – with one deemed “inadequate” and its staff criticised for failing to try to find youngsters when they went missing.

In Ofsted’s latest inspection the home run by Hertfordhsire-based CareTech Community Services, which has not been named by Ofsted for legal reasons, was found to have “widespread failures”.

The home – which did not look after any children under the care of Birmingham City Council – has now stopped caring for children and accommodates adults only.

Meanwhile, a second home run by Woodlands House (Birmingham), which has also not been named, was deemed to “require improvement”.

The council confirmed it does fund the home to care for a “small number” of youngsters and was “aware of the issues”.

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