Public participation: critiquing parental involvement in service delivery at sure start children’s centres

Ndaga, Patience (2011) Public participation: critiquing parental involvement in service delivery at sure start children’s centres. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In the UK there has been a re-awakening of interest in public participation and handing over power to the community. This is especially highlighted in the new coalition government’s driving ambition to put more power and opportunity into people’s hands. This is emphasised in the coalition government’s “big society” which is discussed in this piece of work. Public participation is set against a milieu where an emphasis on participatory democracy is seen as a solution to shortcomings recognized with policy making and implementation. The meaning of public participation is not always straight forward and may gives rise to problems at several levels. Many of these problems stem from concerns with power and legitimation. Within this context the idea of parental involvement in service delivery at Sure Start Children’s Centres (SSCCs) may reflect such forms of participation. In this light the act of parental involvement belies the complexity of this way of working and sometimes highly entrenched views. This literature based research examines parental involvement in SSCCs within the broader context of public participation. This involves looking at how parents are involved and exploring issues that may affect their involvement either positively or negatively. A systematic approach was used to collate and analyse data from twelve qualitative and quantitative studies. Common themes were identified which are examined in the findings. A number of recommendations are made with an intention to promote and strengthen, empower and promote parent voice in their involvement in service delivery.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2011 15:46
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40

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