State intervention and vulnerable children: implementation revisited

Murray, Cathy, Pahl, Jan and Wincup, Emma (eds.) (2006) State intervention and vulnerable children: implementation revisited. Journal of Social Policy, 35, (2), 211-227. (doi:10.1017/S0047279405009499).


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This article derives from a two year study of ‘Home Supervision’, conducted as part of a programme of research on the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. The focus is on children looked after by the local authority who are on a legal supervision order at home, primarily as a consequence of having been abused or neglected, having offended or having failed to attend school without reasonable excuse. Two assumptions, both arguably a legacy of Lipsky, are challenged: first, that non-implementation by street-level bureaucrats is in opposition to their managers; and, second, the passivity of clients in respect of policy making. It is argued that the street-level bureaucrats and managers in the Home Supervision study share assumptive worlds in respect of children on home supervision, and that clients, as agentic actors, reveal a capacity for shaping policy at the implementation stage. These issues are explored and their implications for implementation studies and child welfare are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0047279405009499
ISSNs: 0047-2794 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Work Studies
ePrint ID: 48082
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2006Published
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:24

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