Article type: Original Research

PUBLISHED 1 December 1978

Volume 3 Issue 3-4

Theory and Practice in Child Care

Ian Cox

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Ian Cox


1 Department of Community Welfare, South Australia

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As a welfare administrator, the opportunities to visit child caring establishments are many. It is like visiting another world. They are a mixture of “The Sullivans”, “The Waltons”, “The Brady Bunch”, with an air of unreality because time has passed them by and the new society of the present time calls for radical service delivery style. Alternative child care is developing in kids shelters to provide some of the elements needed in a modern world. What formalised child care often supplies is an expensive, stylised anachronism which does not need committees on how to change but accountants who can manage to wind down activities and allow reinvestment in care which will meet today’s challenges.

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