Children’s social care under New Labour

Langan Mary

in Social policy review 22

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427113
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303497 | DOI:
Children’s social care under New Labour

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This chapter suggests that Labour's approach to social care has been through a substantial discontinuity. It explains that this chapter's overview of policy in social care leads through the events that shaped Labour policy, focusing on how young people has been regarded as being in ‘danger’, and how sex offenders have come to be feared, and to question parenting. It describes and explores the role of Sure Start and Family Intervention Projects in relation to Labour's larger policy goals. It then goes on to describe the role of ‘positive psychology’ in the greater therapeutic content of Labour's policy and how, despite negative evaluations, Labour have pressed on with the approach to trying to intervene in children's lives, transforming the relationship between the family and the state as a result.

Keywords: Labour's approach; social care; discontinuity; Sure Start; Family Intervention Projects; positive psychology

Chapter.  7735 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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