Sheltered employment strategies in five countries

Ken Moores*, Peter Booth, Keith R. Duncan

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The paper outlines sheltered employment strategies drawn from five countries (USA, Sweden, The Netherlands, Britain, and New Zealand) with a view to articulating policy options. The focus for the study was at the level of individual organizations in each country and personnel at all managerial levels were interviewed to ascertain their orientation with respect to the organisation of sheltered employment at three individual, yet interdependent structural levels: the national industry, the individual enterprise, and work itself. Work activity was observed and official documentation was studied to strengthen the validity of interview data. The results indicate that successful workshops were not only well informed of the dominant industry philosophy but also had their own clearly articulated interpretation of that philosophy. A number of policy options were seen to emerge from the patterns observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-138
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Policy and Administration
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


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