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Social Policy Review 21Analysis and debate in social policy, 2009$
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Kirstein Rummery, Ian Greener, and Chris Holden

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423733

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.001.0001

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Governance at a distance? The turn to the local in UK social policy

Governance at a distance? The turn to the local in UK social policy

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(p.244) (p.245) Eleven Governance at a distance? The turn to the local in UK social policy
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Social Policy Review 21
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Andrew Wallace

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.003.0011

This chapter examines the strategic challenges facing child welfare systems in Australia, England and Sweden. It notes that this chapter is both important and topical, given the child protection problems faced in 2008/09, especially in England. It states that the strategic challenges faced in different child welfare systems are very much a function of the way that policy, and regulatory and organisational systems intersect, so that the problems of England lead to different patterns of problems compared with those in Australia and Sweden. It opines that the Swedish case offers a significant contrast; it is almost unimaginable in the context of child protection in England to imagine a system where accountability is to clients rather than to the state, and where decentralisation is the organisational solution of choice.

Keywords:   strategic challenges, child welfare systems, Australia, England, Sweden, child protection, accountability, state, decentralisation, organisational solution

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