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Social exclusion, child welfare and well-being

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349668.003.0002
Social exclusion, child welfare and well-being

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The adoption of a social-exclusion perspective by New Labour in its early years of government reflected the aspirations for social change of a new government following long years of Conservative rule. This chapter considers the contested nature of the concept of social exclusion. Using the framework of social exclusion adopted in the National Evaluation of the Children's Fund (NECF), it examines evidence about the circumstances of four groups of disadvantaged children and young people: disabled children, black and minority ethnic children, gypsies/travellers, and refugees and asylum-seeking children. The chapter also discusses broader evidence about child welfare and well being in the United Kingdom. This provides the context within which NECF partnerships were seeking to develop new ways of ensuring child well being and inclusion.

Keywords: United Kingdom; child welfare; NECF; social exclusion; New Labour; well being; disabled children; black children; travellers; asylum-seeking children

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