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Exploring concepts of child well-beingImplications for children's services$
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Nick Axford

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420657

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420657.001.0001

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Developing congruent children’s services

Developing congruent children’s services

(p.159) eleven Developing congruent children’s services
Exploring concepts of child well-being

Nick Axford

Policy Press

This chapter highlights possible contradictions between different service responses, and suggests how these might be minimised. It sets out a theoretical framework and some practical steps aimed at helping different stakeholders in children's services to use the findings to improve the fit or ‘congruence’ of children's services. This is particularly salient given the twin dangers of policy-makers either speaking with a forked tongue by bolting together several potentially incompatible initiatives or discarding a perfectly useful perspective in favour of one that is shiny and new.

Keywords:   child well-being, service response, children's services, policy makers

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