Journal Article

Care Management and Information Provision: Towards a Reasoned Method of Assessing the Range and Extent of Problems and Needs in Child-Care Social Work

MICHAEL SHEPPARD and GRAHAM CROCKER

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 29, issue 1, pages 69-95
Published in print February 1999 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online February 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011441
Care Management and Information Provision: Towards a Reasoned Method of Assessing the Range and Extent of Problems and Needs in Child-Care Social Work

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The new managerialism associated with care management has, as with other areas of health and welfare work, promoted ideas of efficient use of resources, quality assurance and the capacity to audit the work of welfare agencies. This approach places a high premium on measurement, and emphazises a long-standing desire to develop instruments the use of which would provide the basis for resource allocation. This paper presents a method by which such data can be rigorously generated and analysed. It uses as its basis an instrument of established reliability and validity, designed to collect data on problems identified in clients in the child and family care social work group. It uses a combination of principal component and cluster analysis to provide a clear picture of the nature and range of problems and the grouping of cases with similar characteristics. These data provide a quantitative basis upon which judgements about resource allocation can be made.

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Subjects: Social Work

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