ERIC Number: ED473500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting Families: A Comparative Study of Outcomes and Costs of Services for Children in Need. Issues in Practice.
Statham, June; Holtermann, Sally; Winter, Gill
Noting that little is known about the costs and effectiveness of family support services, this study examined the full range of services provided to 40 families in need by two local authorities in North Wales. The study compared costs in the two authorities and well-being for the families after 3 months. Findings indicated that the families in the two study groups were very similar in their social and demographic mix, with high levels of social and economic deprivation. Service response in the two groups was quite similar, differing only with respect to services such as family centers and Home-Start, which were used relatively little compared to social work services. Day care was also a substantial element in service provision, matching the families emphasis on providing development and play opportunities for their children. Cost of services in the follow-up period was about a quarter higher than in the 3 months preceding the first interview. The average level of well-being as measured in parent interviews was slightly lower in Denbighshire than Conwy; although Denbighshire had a larger improvement in well-being over the next 3 months than Conwy, the follow-up level of well-being was still lower in Denbighshire. Improvement in well-being was greater among respondents who lived with partners, and less among families with financial difficulties or drug/alcohol problems. No statistically significant associations were found between the types of service provided (including day care), their cost, and improvements in well-being. However, day care services were thought by parents to have played an important role in improving their situation. (Thirteen appendices include data collection instruments, sample characteristics, and data tables. Contains 26 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Welfare, Children, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Delivery Systems, Family Needs, Family Programs, Family Support, Foreign Countries, Poverty, Program Evaluation, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)