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Performing 'initial assessment': identifying the latent conditions for error at the front-door of local authority children's services

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Performing 'initial assessment' : identifying the latent conditions for error at the front-door of local authority children's services. / Broadhurst, K.; Wastell, D.; White, S.; Hall, C.; Peckover, S.; Thompson, K.; Pithouse, A.; Davey, D.

In: British Journal of Social Work, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2010, p. 352-370.

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Broadhurst, K, Wastell, D, White, S, Hall, C, Peckover, S, Thompson, K, Pithouse, A & Davey, D 2010, 'Performing 'initial assessment': identifying the latent conditions for error at the front-door of local authority children's services', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 352-370. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcn162

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Broadhurst, K., Wastell, D., White, S., Hall, C., Peckover, S., Thompson, K., Pithouse, A., & Davey, D. (2010). Performing 'initial assessment': identifying the latent conditions for error at the front-door of local authority children's services. British Journal of Social Work, 40(2), 352-370. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcn162

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Broadhurst, K. ; Wastell, D. ; White, S. ; Hall, C. ; Peckover, S. ; Thompson, K. ; Pithouse, A. ; Davey, D. / Performing 'initial assessment' : identifying the latent conditions for error at the front-door of local authority children's services. In: British Journal of Social Work. 2010 ; Vol. 40, No. 2. pp. 352-370.

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