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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: April 2006
Organisations: Social Work Studies


Local EPrints ID: 48082
ISSN: 0047-2794
PURE UUID: aae526be-aa87-48b2-8320-e444c65ecdda

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Date deposited: 24 Aug 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:00

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Author: Cathy Murray
Editor: Jan Pahl
Editor: Emma Wincup

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