Profiting from Kids in Care

25th November 2014| Channel 4 Dispatches

Reporter Simon Barnes goes undercover as a care worker to investigate the increasing privatisation of the child care system. Caring for Britain’s most vulnerable children is a multi-million-pound business these days, with companies making enormous profits by opening up private children’s homes and thousands of care workers being recruited and vetted by job agencies.

The investigation uncovers private companies hiring staff to work, often alone, with very vulnerable youngsters, with no checks on their criminal backgrounds at all; and agencies supplying workers for highly responsible jobs at children’s homes with no experience or relevant training.