Journal Article

The Regulation of Out-of-Home Care

Clare Tilbury

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 2, pages 209-224
Published in print February 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online March 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl012
The Regulation of Out-of-Home Care

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The regulation of out-of-home care in Australia has become increasingly formalized and detailed, partly driven by a recent wave of audits of abuse in foster-care. The emergence and possible consequences of this increased regulation are examined, with a particular focus on relative care. A pluralist–democratic approach to accountability would involve a regulatory regime linked to other quality strategies, with the emphasis on improved quality and outcomes rather than compliance with policy and procedures. The concentration on expanding the regulatory regime is contrasted with more limited efforts to improve carer support—an essential ingredient of an effective foster-care system.

Keywords: regulation; accountability; foster-care

Journal Article.  6783 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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