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Towards the anatomy of a kiss?

Towards the anatomy of a kiss? Editorial Nick Axford Michael Little The Social Research Unit, Dartington, UK You might reasonably expect a Journal of Children’s Services to be able to represent a pretty sophisticated understanding of what a children’s service is and what recipients get. Not so: the definition and measurement of what constitutes a service are so varied, it can be very difficult to locate any common ground. Admittedly, in some cases, the attributes are spelled out to the nth degree. In ‘model’ prevention and early intervention programmes, there are protocols for monitoring whether children get what they should. As Kathryn Hynes and her colleagues describe here in their analysis of The Good Behaviour Game, the list of necessary parts includes adherence to core components, such as the number, length and frequency of sessions and quality of delivery; data are collected by means of observation, site visits, interviews with staff and reviews of programme documents. But very few children who may be in desperate need of such carefully administered help come anywhere near such services. Service ‘outputs’ are well enough documented, generally relying on administrative indicators, such as the numbers of referrals, names of chidren with a child protection plan, children looked after, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Children's Services Pier Professional

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Pier Professional
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Copyright © 2009 by Pier Professional Limited
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1746-6660
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Editorial Nick Axford Michael Little The Social Research Unit, Dartington, UK You might reasonably expect a Journal of Children’s Services to be able to represent a pretty sophisticated understanding of what a children’s service is and what recipients get. Not so: the definition and measurement of what constitutes a service are so varied, it can be very difficult to locate any common ground. Admittedly, in some cases, the attributes are spelled out to the nth degree. In ‘model’ prevention and early intervention programmes, there are protocols for monitoring whether children get what they should. As Kathryn Hynes and her colleagues describe here in their analysis of The Good Behaviour Game, the list of necessary parts includes adherence to core components, such as the number, length and frequency of sessions and quality of delivery; data are collected by means of observation, site visits, interviews with staff and reviews of programme documents. But very few children who may be in desperate need of such carefully administered help come anywhere near such services. Service ‘outputs’ are well enough documented, generally relying on administrative indicators, such as the numbers of referrals, names of chidren with a child protection plan, children looked after,

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Journal of Children's ServicesPier Professional

Published: Nov 1, 2009

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