ERIC Number: ED245824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Services to Families, with Many a Slip. Institute of Family Studies Policy Background Paper [No. 1].
The objective of the Family Support Services Scheme is to find new ways to prevent the breakdown of families and the institutionalization of children. The view taken in this report is that not much progress has been made toward achieving this goal. Criticisms of and recommendations for the scheme include the following: (1) The program attempts to cover too wide a range of services; (2) The rubric of the family has been used and misused to justify a variety of services and restrictive "family" elegibility criteria; (3) Funds for the scheme should be directed specifically toward supporting services for children and their parents; (4) Services such as housing referral and information or financial counseling should not be subsumed under the scheme; and (5) Dangers exist in the return to the community of responsibility for welfare and support services. The first section of the report examines concepts of the family and their implications for the organization of social welfare services. The second section attempts to show ways in which families are shaped by government policies and programs. In order to set the context for the following chapters, the third section provides a brief historical account of the provision of welfare services for families. The fourth and final section contains a review of the development of the scheme and the principles underlying its objectives. Particular attention is given to the development and operation of the scheme in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia. (RH)
Descriptors: Failure, Family Programs, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Structure, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Guidelines, Public Policy, Services, Social History, Welfare Services
Editor, Institute of Family Studies, 766 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (no price quoted).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia; Australia (New South Wales); Australia (Victoria); Critical Analysis; Family Support Services Scheme; Ideology