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Past, present and future

Bob Holman

in Champions for children

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861343536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301653 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343536.003.0008
Past, present and future

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This book is mainly about six champions for children who have made significant contributions in addressing poverty and social inequality in Britain. Eleanor Rathbone repeatedly argued that every family should have the right to a decent income. Marjory Allen made the case for a local-authority service that concentrated just on deprived children. Barbara Kahan demonstrated how that service could become a reality. John Stroud showed that all parents are important to their children and that services should aim to prevent family disruptions. Clare Winnicott equipped hundreds of students to provide a personal and skilled service to children. Peter Townsend has tirelessly campaigned against all kinds of poverty, particularly child poverty. Bob Holman played a key role in the establishment of a government-funded National Neighbourhood Fund. Each of these champions for children has made efforts to improve child care in Britain. Their practices, values, policies, and writings have lessons for the present and the future.

Keywords: Eleanor Rathbone; Marjory Allen; Clare Winnicott; John Stroud; Barbara Kahan; Peter Townsend; child care; Bob Holman; poverty; Britain

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