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Whither practice-near research in the modernization programme? policy blunders in children's services.

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Whither practice-near research in the modernization programme? policy blunders in children's services. / White, Sue; Broadhurst, Karen; Wastell, David; Peckover, Sue; Hall, Chris; Pithouse, Andy.

In: Journal of Social Work Practice, Vol. 23, No. 4, 12.2009, p. 401-411.

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White, S, Broadhurst, K, Wastell, D, Peckover, S, Hall, C & Pithouse, A 2009, 'Whither practice-near research in the modernization programme? policy blunders in children's services.', Journal of Social Work Practice, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 401-411. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530903374945

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White, S., Broadhurst, K., Wastell, D., Peckover, S., Hall, C., & Pithouse, A. (2009). Whither practice-near research in the modernization programme? policy blunders in children's services. Journal of Social Work Practice, 23(4), 401-411. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530903374945

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White S, Broadhurst K, Wastell D, Peckover S, Hall C, Pithouse A. Whither practice-near research in the modernization programme? policy blunders in children's services. Journal of Social Work Practice. 2009 Dec;23(4):401-411. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530903374945

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White, Sue ; Broadhurst, Karen ; Wastell, David ; Peckover, Sue ; Hall, Chris ; Pithouse, Andy. / Whither practice-near research in the modernization programme? policy blunders in children's services. In: Journal of Social Work Practice. 2009 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 401-411.

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