Exploring the theoretical and practical implications of policy reform on integrated services

Year: 2012

Author: Woodrow, Christine, Jackson, Dianne

Type of paper: Abstract refereed


This paper presents a theoretical and practice perspective on integrated service provision in the context of current Australian public sector reform. This reform calls for a reorientation of service provision, positioning users as co-creators within a framework of citizen-centred social policy. In a landscape where there are strengthening calls for multidisciplinary practice, there is little exploration of what it means to work within a democratic, participatory framework. Drawing on practices within Child and Family Services west of Sydney, we consider implications for achieving authentic collaboration with children and families, using theoretically robust strategies in early childhood contexts.