14 Dec 2015

Responding to the Government's announcement that councils could lose control of failing children's services, Peter Grigg, Director of External Affairs at The Children’s Society, said:

'It is absolutely right that the Government steps in where services are failing. Yet where they do, we must make sure the best interests of children are paramount in decisions about who is running services which are there to keep children safe. This means ensuring safeguards are in place to prevent further failure, ensuring the least possible disruption to the lives of vulnerable young people, and making decisions on the basis of quality provision, and not ever solely on the basis of the lowest price.

'Without sufficient funding to meet local needs, no type of organisation will be able to provide effective social care services. The next key test for Government will be what it decides to do with local funding settlements, due to be announced shortly.'

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Notes to editors

• The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.