Contracting social services in China: the case of the Integrated Family Services Centres in Guangzhou

Chan, C.K. ORCID: 0000-0002-9461-8623 and Lei, J., 2017. Contracting social services in China: the case of the Integrated Family Services Centres in Guangzhou. International Social Work. ISSN 0020-8728

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Abstract

This article uses the Integrated Family Services Centres (IFSCs) as an example to illustrate the contractual relationship between the state and NGOs and the capacities of government officials to implement the contracting-out of services in China. The data from 12 focus groups in 2015 indicated that local governments treated IFSCs as foot-soldiers by asking them to fulfil duties beyond their service contracts. Moreover, Guangzhou government’s fragmented service evaluation arrangements and workload-oriented criteria were unable to effectively assess the impact of social work practices. The study concluded that appropriate legislation is required to safeguard the rights of NGOs.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Social Work
Creators: Chan, C.K. and Lei, J.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 16 July 2017
ISSN: 0020-8728
Identifiers:
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10.1177/0020872817725135DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 23 Oct 2017 10:19
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 10:19
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31845

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