Outsourced children’s care homes provide poorer quality care – Oxford study

October 11, 2022

Dr Anders Bach-Mortensen, Carlsberg Foundation Visiting Fellow from Oxford’s Department for Social Policy and Intervention, says, ‘It is well known, huge profits are being made by companies running these homes, but the response has typically been that the quality of the services justify the costs. This new research reveals for-profit children’s homes, on average, receive worse Ofsted ratings than Local Authority homes in all inspection domains. It also showed Local Authorities with higher levels of outsourcing to for-profits are also rated worse for their children social care services, and that for-profit homes violate more legal requirements of their care provision. Benjamin Goodair, co-author and doctoral researcher, says, ‘Our analysis shows the outsourcing of these services has not delivered as promised in terms of securing high service quality for children in care. The full paper, ‘Outsourcing and children's social care: A longitudinal analysis of inspection outcomes among English children's homes and local authorities’, is published here https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953622006293

The source of this news is from University of Oxford