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Turning away from the public sector in children's out-of-home care: An English experiment

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  • Stanley, Nicky
  • Austerberry, Helen
  • Bilson, Andy
  • Farrelly, Nicola
  • Hussein, Shereen
  • Larkins, Cath
  • Manthorpe, Jill
  • Ridley, Julie
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    Abstract

    This paper reports on the evaluation of an English experiment which, for the first time, moved statutory social work support for children and young people in out-of-home care from the public to the private or independent sector. Five social work practices (SWPs), independent or semi-independent of local government, were established and evaluated using a matched control design with integrated process evaluation. Social work teams in the public sector, selected to correspond to key characteristics of the SWP sites, provided control sites.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 33-39

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:35:y:2013:i:1:p:33-39

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    Keywords: Privatization; Social work practices; Out-of-home care; Fostering;

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    1. Collins-Camargo, Crystal & Sullivan, Dana & Murphy, April, 2011. "Use of data to assess performance and promote outcome achievement by public and private child welfare agency staff," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 330-339, February.
    2. Steen, Julie A. & Smith, Sarahlin, 2012. "An organizational view of privatization: Is the private foster care agency superior to the public foster care agency?," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 851-858.
    3. McBeath, Bowen & Meezan, William, 2009. "Interorganizational disparities in foster care service provision," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 513-525, May.
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