Book challenges 'outcome culture'

Indira Das-Gupta

Statutory funders' obsession with outcomes may encourage charities to exclude beneficiaries who are difficult to help, according to Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh.

In Shattered Lives, a new book examining the experiences of six extremely disturbed children the charity has helped, she writes: "The problem with presenting outcomes in the way that they are demanded is that clinicians try to exclude children from their services who are likely not to provide positive outcomes.

"Very disturbed children take a long time to provide visible outcomes."

All proceeds from sales of the book will go to the charity.

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