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Comparative Research on Social Care the State of the Art

Project ID: HPSE-CT-1999-00010


This report reviews the current state of knowledge in comparative social care research. The report covers comparative studies of two major areas of social care, childcare and care for older people. Additionally, comparative research on issues of family, gender and work are looked into as these have direct connections with social care. The report is produced by the SOCCARE project, a European research project studying the opportunities of families to construct flexible combinations of informal and formal care. The project is funded by the European Commission, 5th Framework Programme, Key Action for Socio-Economic Research.
Concerning comparative research on childcare, basic information about provision levels is now available even though the comparability and the coverage of the data are partly insufficient. However, the main features of national childcare systems in Europe are well-known. Comparisons have found clear differences between models focusing either on early education or on social care for children. However, several reports also show a general convergence towards universal provisions for over-3-year-old children in Europe and at the same time, a constant remarkable shortage of services for under-3-year-old children in many European countries.

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