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Title: The NSPCC in transition 1884-1983 : a study of organisational survival.
Author: Sherrington, Christine Anne.
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 1984
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The framework within which the thesis is located is the shift from the pre-eminence of the voluntary sector in welfare provision in the nineteenth century to the supremacy of the statutory services by the mid twentieth century; a position which is now changing. There are three sections, prefaced by a literature review of' theories of change in voluntary organisations. The concept of organisational growth, then formalisation, and eventual death is challenged; the thesis is concerned with ways in which a voluntary organisation seeks to ensure its survival. The first section, 1884-1908, defines the problem of child abuse within its social context, analyses the organised response to it, and examines the early NSPCC with reference to policing and early social work. Section two, 1908-1948, explores changing relations between the Society and the State. The early innovatory work had become more formalised. The statutory services were expanding into areas originally pioneered by the Society. Attention is focussed on crisis and change within the Society's work as it attempted to redefine its role. In the final section, the post-war period, strategies for survival are analysed. "New ideas" such as the Women Visitor Scheme and the Battered Child Syndrome are discussed as instrumental in the search for a new ima and a continuing function for the agency.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Voluntary organisations; Charities Management Sociology Human services