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Joint Reviews: Retracing the Trajectory, Decoding the Terms

Jill C. Humphrey

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 32, issue 4, pages 463-476
Published in print June 2002 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2002 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/32.4.463
Joint Reviews: Retracing the Trajectory, Decoding the Terms

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Joint Reviews of social services authorities in England and Wales are heading for their fifth anniversary. In spite of their prolific publications record and their high‐profile status in the worlds of practice and politics, there is little record of their existence in the relevant academic journals. This is intended as an introductory article to begin to rectify this omission. It is informed by a year‐long study of the Joint Review team. My aim is twofold: to retrace the historical development of Joint Reviews under three successive governments, and to explore the nature of Joint Reviews by decoding the meanings of their constituent terms. The underlying argument is that Joint Reviews represent a new species of regulation that has been essential to the realization of a new mode of accountability but that the complexity of this new accountability has spawned some confusion and conflict among stakeholder audiences.

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Subjects: Social Work

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