Kate Morris, Marian Barnes and Paul Mason

in Children, families and social exclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9781861349668
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301806 | DOI:

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This book explores the new understandings that are necessary for preventative policy and practice in child welfare in the changing policy context in the United Kingdom. The discussion and analysis draw on empirical data from the National Evaluation of the Children's Fund (NECF). The goal is to understand the NECF in the context of changing ideas about child and family policy and broader thinking about the nature of social exclusion and how this might be challenged. One of the central concepts guiding the design of the NECF was prevention (alongside partnership and participation). The NECF was set up in 2000 as a catalyst to move forward inter-agency cooperation and child- and family-led preventative services in local authorities in England. It was unusual in targeting children aged five to 13 – a group that had previously received little policy attention. The NECF can be seen as one of a raft of social-policy initiatives launched by New Labour that were intended to produce more collaborative working and more cohesive families and communities.

Keywords: United Kingdom; child welfare; NECF; social exclusion; prevention; family policy; social policy; inter-agency cooperation; New Labour; children

Chapter.  1744 words. 

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