The development of preventative policy and practice: an overview

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:
The development of preventative policy and practice: an overview

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This chapter discusses the specific preventative policies and policy initiatives through which New Labour governments have sought to address the needs of young children and their families in the United Kingdom. Historically, policy understandings of prevention have drawn on service-led and needs-led models of prevention. However, these tiered models of prevention are limited in their capacity to capture the contemporary context for prevention, one which is argued to locate prevention in the context of the risks posed by social exclusion. The chapter also looks at the Green Paper Every Child Matters, which introduced and identified five outcomes: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, economic well-being, and making a positive contribution. Finally, it considers developments in youth-justice policy and practice as they relate to and influence approaches to child welfare and current understandings of prevention.

Keywords: United Kingdom; child welfare; New Labour; prevention; risks; social exclusion; children; families; Every Child Matters; youth justice

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