'Good enough parenting' when government is 'the parent'

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This paper reviews the introduction of the UK Looking After Children practice and management materials in a number of Australian States and Territories against the background of a comparative analysis of UK central government systems to prescribe standards of service and to monitor outcomes for children in care. The writer argues that the UK Labour government commitment to a 'whole of government' interventionist set of activities and processes is significantly more successful in driving child welfare initiatives than the more fragmented and secretive systems in Australian Stales. Finally, the writer reflects on the central influence of commissioned research in informing needs and service outcomes for vulnerable children and their families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
JournalChildren Australia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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