Setting the scene for change

Naomi Eisenstadt

in Providing a Sure Start

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427304
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303107 | DOI:
Setting the scene for change

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This chapter discusses the two key elements that define the context for the establishment of Sure Start: the desire of the New Labour government to develop policy in new ways, including an ambition to reform the civil service, and the genuine commitment of the new government to improve and expand services for children, particularly early years and school provision. Underlying both of these, and critical to the New Labour project, was the unusual relationship between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. This chapter will describe the wider policy context for Sure Start, and how politics as well as policy and personalities set the stage for radical developments in children's services.

Keywords: Sure Start; Tony Blair; New Labour; reform; children's services; children

Chapter.  4786 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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