Care of Children in need

A number of years ago the Island followed England's new practice of contracting this very important service out.  In doing so senior highly paid senior officers absolved themselves of the responsibilities and expertise they were employed for yet retained their salaries.

How can it be justified to spend in the region of £400,000 on a single child.

My research has shown that in Germany units that can accommodate up to twenty children are not only the most economical but also provide a better environment for the individual childrens needs.   Under this hopefully controlled environment children are able to broaden there outlook and develop relationships with other children rather being isolated with adults in most instances​ as they are now.

At current requirements a single specially designed home would cater for our needs.

This is a glaring example of senior officers not fulfilling  their duties and contracting thus costing the taxpayer unnecessary many millions.

Why the contribution is important

Not only for the betterment of the children but also a financial saving running into millions.

by Fairforall on April 14, 2017 at 09:01AM

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  • Posted by OldSailor April 14, 2017 at 17:27

    Good point. How do boarding schools manage to maintain a safe and nurturing environment for £10,000 per year if the government thinks it needs to cost £400,000 p.a. ? e.g. ->
  • Posted by LeanGreen April 14, 2017 at 18:15

    Are you talking about the 'secure unit' at the White Hoe whose purpose and function has always been doubtful?
  • Posted by Fairforall April 17, 2017 at 11:19

    To LeanGreen.
    I am not referring to White How.
    We pay millions to a "charity " to care for everyday children in need.
      Divide money paid out by the number of children in care.
    Some are housed individually with three carers 24/7 . The carers still present and presumably paid during the weekly eight hour school days .
    This is a prime example of contracting out not being financially viable.
  • Posted by StatusQuo April 21, 2017 at 13:19

    I undertstand the concern over contracting and costs, and think this needs seperate review. Andsurely reinstitutionalising the most vulnerable children will cost even more to society when there is clear evidence that institutions have much poorer outcomes in the longer term, sometimes many generations. We ought to be looking at preventing the need for care in the first place.
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