Independent child care providers form lobby group

Independent providers of residential child care agreed to set up
a consolidated body to lobby government about its concerns,
following an impromptu meeting at the Community Care Live 2001

Mary Walsh, director of independent child care agency Saccs,
said: “I really think it’s important that we stand together
now. We have to get together as a strong body because we have the
knowledge of the needs of children.”

The group will voice common anxieties that it wants to see
addressed at a national level including care standards,
contracting, and the independent sector’s lack of involvement
in policy making.

Providers at the meeting included Task Team, Bryn Melyn, Five
Rivers and Priory Services for Young People. They will meet at the
end of June in Northampton to formally set up a group and thrash
out its constitution.

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