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The travelling idea of looking after children: conditions for moulding a systematic approach in child welfare into three national contexts--Australia, Canada and Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Research & Development Unit, Ume Social Services, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2009 (English)In: Australian Social Work, ISSN 0312-407X, E-ISSN 1447-0748, Vol. 62, no 4, 491-506 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Looking After Children (LAC) is an approach (care philosophy and working tools) used to assess the psycho-social development of children being cared for by child welfare agencies. It is an international initiative that was developed in England and then travelled and was translated into other contexts, most notably Australia, Canada and Sweden. This paper presents findings from an open-ended question in a survey distributed to social workers and managers using LAC and “cousin” systems in these countries. We asked respondents what advice they would give to others considering implementing these systems. Our qualitative content analyses showed that, regardless of the context, the 257 respondents gave voice to programmatic/normative arguments, reflecting mainly positive attitudes to the systems. However, managers and social workers voiced different arguments in their favour. Managers voiced normative arguments favouring the underlying principles, whereas social workers from all three countries identified the dual needs to remain flexible and to recognise the limitations of the systems, especially at the operational level. Results offer insights into approaches to change management in different contexts.

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Informa plc , 2009. Vol. 62, no 4, 491-506 p.
Keyword [en]
social workers, translation, standardised toos, procedurialisation, viewpoints
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-30107DOI: 10.1080/03124070903281135OAI: diva2:279802
Available from: 2009-12-07 Created: 2009-12-07 Last updated: 2011-04-01Bibliographically approved

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