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Square Pegs: Reforming Child Protection role of Social Services
London School of Economics and Political Science.
2007 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
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UK’s Labour government has launched a comprehensive plan of reforming the public sector over thelast decade and the main principles guiding these reforms are establishing basic, national standards ofservice through rational planning, delegation and devolution, flexibility and incentives and givinggreater choice to the consumers (Walker & Boyne, 2006) . Reviews of public sector reforms conductedrecently have revealed that these reforms have been successful in the Housing Sector but not in theNational Health Services and the Social Services (Ackroyd, Kirkpatrick & Walker, 2007).The mainreasons highlighted in the literature for this failure can be summarised into the following three themes;(1) differences between the Governmental values/ goals and the professionals’ values, (2) inherentdissonance between managerial aims and social work practice and ethos and (3) huge gap betweenrhetoric and reality because of exclusion of social workers input in policy making. The implicitassumption here is that the management strategy applied by the Government is suitable only withinthose spheres of the public sector that are not related to care-giving function in the society. The focus ofthis paper is on studying the reforms introduced in the Child Protection function of Social Services andevaluating the “goodness-of-fit” between the managerial policy adopted by the Government and itscontextual relevance to the field of social work for protection and nurturing of vulnerable children.Principles of Critical Management theory are the main guiding theme throughout the paper.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85875OAI: diva2:573484
5th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Manchester Business School, 11-13 July, UK
Available from: 2012-11-30 Created: 2012-11-30 Last updated: 2012-12-05

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