Journal Article

Prevention and Social Exclusion: New Understandings for Policy and Practice

Kate Morris and Marian Barnes

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 38, issue 6, pages 1194-1211
Published in print September 2008 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Prevention and Social Exclusion: New Understandings for Policy and Practice

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Existing conceptual and policy understandings of prevention draw on the work of Hardiker et al. undertaken during the 1980s and 1990s. This article considers the changing landscape for child welfare provision and argues the value of developing new understandings that reflect contemporary practice and policy contexts. Building on the analysis of data gathered during the National Evaluation of the Children’s Fund (NECF), this article suggests that new and different understandings of prevention can be explored when located within a contemporary context of social exclusion. The article suggests that a framework based on the work of NECF provides a useful way forward for the development of preventative policy and will enable practitioners to reflect on their activities and roles.

Keywords: prevention; social exclusion; child-care policy; Children’s Fund

Journal Article.  7465 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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