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Le Grand review sparks accountability concern

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A government review set to investigate how children’s services could be delivered outside of local authorities will lead to the loss of state accountability, councillors have heard.

Speaking during an LGA children and young people board meeting yesterday (Thurs), vice chair and leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes (Lab) said he had “real concerns” about the Julian Le Grand review, in which the London School of Economics professor will advise the government on new models for the commissioning and delivery of children’s social care.

Cllr Forbes said: “Children’s services are part of the statutory role of the state and, in that context, need to be accountable to the state.

“Intervening with the lives of families is one of the most serious things the state can do. To have that done outside of a proper accountability framework – I have some real concerns.”

Board chair David Simmonds (Con) said councils had a role in articulating how to shape the outsourcing market. He indicated it would be a subject to discuss at the forthcoming National Children and Adult Services conference, ahead of publication of the Le Grand review in October.

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  • One certainty is that no Secretary of State will be jumping up and down to acquire this accountability.

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