Conclusion: effective preventative approaches

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:
Conclusion: effective preventative approaches

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This chapter draws together the analysis of the changing policy environment for prevention with conclusions emerging from the empirical data generated by the National Evaluation of the Children's Fund (NECF). It examines the key themes emerging from the preceding chapters and sets out the implications of developing fresh conceptual approaches to understanding the prevention of social exclusion. The chapter argues that traditional approaches to prevention and preventative activity have struggled to grasp the complexity of the multilayered responses that are required. It argues that developing conceptual frameworks for prevention that recognise and utilise multiple dimensions of social exclusion is necessary to the development and support of effective strategies and practices. There are substantial implications within this analysis for the paradigm of risk-based prevention. Initiatives that are developed within a risk-and-protective-factors paradigm focus on the identified domains of ‘family’, ‘school’, ‘community’, and ‘personal’ risk factors, with protective factors commonly understood to be the converse, or absence of risk, in these domains.

Keywords: NECF; prevention; social exclusion; children; family; school; community; risk factors

Chapter.  5336 words. 

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