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Developing congruent children’s services

Nick Axford

in Exploring concepts of child well-being

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420657
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420657.003.0011
Developing congruent children’s services

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This chapter highlights possible contradictions between different service responses, and suggests how these might be minimised. It sets out a theoretical framework and some practical steps aimed at helping different stakeholders in children's services to use the findings to improve the fit or ‘congruence’ of children's services. This is particularly salient given the twin dangers of policy-makers either speaking with a forked tongue by bolting together several potentially incompatible initiatives or discarding a perfectly useful perspective in favour of one that is shiny and new.

Keywords: child well-being; service response; children's services; policy makers

Chapter.  5700 words.  Illustrated.

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