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The Children's Fund: strategies for social inclusion

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/9781861349668.003.0005
The Children's Fund: strategies for social inclusion

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This chapter examines how National Evaluation of the Children's Fund (NECF) partnerships sought to identify, define, and target specific groups of children and young people that they considered most at risk of social exclusion and thus priorities for action. It also considers ways in which selected partnerships approached the four groups chosen for detailed study by the NECF: disabled children, black and minority ethnic children, gypsies/travellers, and refugees and asylum-seeking children. The chapter then discusses the NECF's approaches to commissioning services and shows that the notion of ‘targeting’ is both technically and politically complex and highlights the contested nature of both prevention and social exclusion.

Keywords: NECF; partnerships; social exclusion; prevention; commissioning; disabled children; black children; travellers; refugees; asylum-seeking children

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