NCH director claims children's services need charity input

The Government's Green Paper to improve children's services fails to value the contribution of the voluntary sector and focuses too much on statutory agencies such as education and social care, according to Caroline Abrahams, director of public policy at children's charity NCH.

"I believe the Government needs to think about how it can bring the voluntary sector more into the mainstream to assist the process of cultural change that is required to implement the Paper's vision," said Abrahams, speaking at a conference on the future of children's services held by the Institute of Public Policy Research last week.

Abrahams believes children's services could suffer if the sector is not fully included, because she thinks voluntary organisations are more efficient than the public sector.

"Within children's social care at least, the voluntary sector is often more flexible and responsive than many statutory organisations, and clearer about its aims and objectives," she said.

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