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Strategic challenges in child welfare services: a comparative study of Australia, England and Sweden

Gabrielle Meagher, Natasha Cortis and Karen Healy

in Social Policy Review 21

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423733
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.003.0010
Strategic challenges in child welfare services: a comparative study of Australia, England and Sweden

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This chapter examines the strategic challenges facing child welfare systems in Australia, England and Sweden. It notes that this chapter is both important and topical, given the child protection problems faced in 2008/09, especially in England. It states that the strategic challenges faced in different child welfare systems are very much a function of the way that policy, and regulatory and organisational systems intersect, so that the problems of England lead to different patterns of problems compared with those in Australia and Sweden. It opines that the Swedish case offers a significant contrast; it is almost unimaginable in the context of child protection in England to imagine a system where accountability is to clients rather than to the state, and where decentralisation is the organisational solution of choice.

Keywords: strategic challenges; child welfare systems; Australia; England; Sweden; child protection; accountability; state; decentralisation; organisational solution

Chapter.  9465 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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