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Change and continuity in children's services$
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Roy Parker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322221

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322221.001.0001

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From boarding-out to foster care*

From boarding-out to foster care*

(p.35) Chapter 3 From boarding-out to foster care*
Change and continuity in children's services

Roy Parker

Policy Press

The chapter describes and explains the slow development of boarding-out from the 1870s until the outbreak of the Second World War. The principal reasons were threefold. First, there was the considerable investment in institutional provision in both the public and voluntary systems. Secondly, there were the misgivings held by the Local Government Board and their successor the Ministry of Health. Thirdly, in both sectors there was the wish to retain control over what happened to the children and the conviction that this could not be ensured in foster homes. Although gradual progress had been made foster care did not become the favoured option until after the establishment of children’s departments in 1948. Yet there was still slow progress until the mid-80s, the reasons for which, and for its subsequent expansion, are elaborated.

Keywords:   trends, misgivings, war, promotion, assessment

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