The recent closures of two high profile children’s charities pose a threat to the sector, a chief executive has claimed.
The British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) closed earlier this month, followed shortly afterwards by the high profile inner city-focused organisation Kids Company.
Andy Elvin is chief executive of the Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT), a voluntary organisation providing fostering and adoption services. The abrupt closure of the two charities meant local authorities and service commissioners would now be reluctant to sign contracts with similar organisations, he claimed.
Mr Elvin told Children & Young People Now:
“Headlines like this make public authorities nervous about doing business with you. It is not a good thing because commissioners start to wonder whether the charity is going to be solvent.”
“Continuity of service” was vital, he said, and the sector could not afford doubts about this.
“From a children’s charity point of view, we want the world to know that we are not all like that, and there’s no issue with the stability or solvency of many of us.”
He called on the Charity Commission to fully investigate the circumstances behind the two closures. This would, he said, help TACT and other children’s charities better address the issues raised.