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Un-charted territory? Experiences of the purchaser/provider split in local authority children's services

Kirkpatrick, I., Kitchener, Martin James, Owen, Diane and Whipp, Richard 1999. Un-charted territory? Experiences of the purchaser/provider split in local authority children's services. British Journal of Social Work 29 (5) , pp. 707-726.

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Abstract

A primary goal of Conservative government policy, expressed in the 1990 National Health Service and Community Care Act, was to encourage the development of market mechanisms through the separation of purchaser and provider roles. The main target for reform was to be adult services although, in the absence of specific guidance, a number of local authorities also implemented purchaser/provider structures in services for children and families. To date, little attention has been given in the literature either to describing what purchaser/provider structures involve in this context or to assessing their impact. Drawing on case study data from seven local authorities, this article seeks to address these deficiencies. It is argued that many changes have been cosmetic and that, while it is not possible to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the model, there is evidence that it can have some negative consequences for the co-ordination and delivery of services.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0045-3102
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 14:43
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/37630

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