Market approach feared by trust

    The Department for Education and Skills has sent a letter to
    directors of social services and council and primary care trust
    chief executives asking them to assess the market for children’s
    services and what the barriers are to increasing the range of

    However, Hammersmith and Fulham’s children’s trust director Andrew
    Christie said that although a more market-oriented children’s
    sector could reduce costs, it could also cause problems for

    He said there were parallels with the opening up of the residential
    home sector, when an oversupply of independent providers “caused
    pain and grief” for users when homes closed. “The same thing could
    happen for young people’s services,” Christie added.

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