Towards a mixed economy of foster care provision

Sellick, Clive (2007) Towards a mixed economy of foster care provision. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 13 (1). pp. 25-40. ISSN 0953-5225

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Foster care in the UK, especially England, has developed a broad base of service delivery. No longer an almost exclusively public sector activity, foster placements and related therapeutic and educational services are increasingly located in the non-governmental sector and delivered by independent fostering providers (IFPs). As this sector has grown, so too have contracting arrangements between IFPs and local authority purchasers, most of whom have faced considerable difficulties in recruiting and retaining sufficient numbers of foster carers for their looked after children. With the strengthening policy shift towards commissioning, different contracting models are emerging. These are described with reference both to recent studies and a broader critique of relevant legal, policy, ideological and managerial developments in order to speculate about the future of a mixed economy of foster care.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work and Psychology (former - to 2012)
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2010 14:41
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2023 10:30
DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v13i1.466

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