Sandwell rejects social enterprise

The online magazine Children & Young People now reports that social workers in Sandwell has welcomed the council’s decision not to participate in a pilot of so-called ‘social work practices’. This would have seen a GP-style social work practice in Sandwell which, if successful, might have led to services for about 100 looked-after children being spun-out of local authority control as a worker managed social enterprise.

The Social Work Action Network had previously condemned the pilot as backdoor privatisation, saying “There is no evidence that social workers are frustrated entrepreneurs who need profit motive or a bonus to do their best for children.”

As previously covered here, this seems to offer mounting evidence of public sector workers’ deep mistrust regarding social enterprise and  the government’s intentions in pushing the social enterprise model.

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