"Barnardo`s`has announced a ten-year strategy which will aim to grow income by a third and change its relationship with commissioners, in order to cope with a predicted 25 per cent increase in beneficiaries."
"The charity aims to grow its income to £400m in the next few years, and hopes to do so largely by doubling the amount of funds for charitable application from its shops chain and fundraising department. It expects to grow the number of vulnerable children it works with from 248,000 at present to over 300,000."
"In an interview with Civil Society News, Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo`s said the plans were a response to data which showed that child poverty was increasing...
"To do this, the charity also has ambitious plans to change the way local authorities commission children’s services. Khan said he wants the charity to work more with public sector commissioners to help them design and commission services, rather than waiting for contracts to be advertised and then bidding for them."
"At the moment the local authority decides what service it wants to offer and ten organisations bid for it," he said. "One wins and the other nine have wasted their time and money. It’s wasteful."
"At the moment 78 per cent of the contracts we bid for, we win, so we don’t need to do this, but we want to help local government improve efficiencies and improve outcomes."
While the charity aims to grow its income to £400m in the next few years it expects to grow the number of vulnerable children it works with...
This is business speak at its worst.
We should also remember the official line of Barnardo`s after the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal which was in essence: business partners first, children second.