The Chinese government has recently adopted a radical welfare approach by contracting out social services to non-governmental organisations (NGOs). This is a big departure from its traditional welfare model, whereby all public services were directly delivered by government agencies. This book examines this new welfare approach. It analyses the implementation of various types of services for individuals, families and communities – including medical social services, care of the elderly, probation services and much more. It discusses important issues arising from contracting out, considers the nature of the contracted NGOs and their services, and explores major problems encountered by both government agencies and NGOs. This book also compares the similarities and differences of contracting policies in different cities. Overall, the book provides an overview of one of the most important welfare policy changes in contemporary China.
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1. Introduction: Contracting Out Social Services in China
Chak Kwan Chan
2. Community Building in Beijing
Yean Wang , Huan Zhang, and Ziyu Liu
3. Integrated Family Services in Guangzhou
Wei Lu and Tian Cai
4. Drug Rehabilitation Services in Shenzhen
Xiaofeng Li and Jiapeng Lin
5. Medical Social Work in Foshan
Agnes Koon-Chui Law
6. Elderly Services in Wuhan
Yu Cheung Wong and Ren Wang
7. Services for Migrant Workers in Jinhua
8. Probation Services in Shanghai
9. Services for Disabled People in Xiamen
10. Conclusion: Similarities and Differences of Contracting Out Social Services in China
Jie Lei and Tian Cai
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