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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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European perspectives on parenting and family support

European perspectives on parenting and family support

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(p.262) (p.263) Chapter Twenty-One European perspectives on parenting and family support
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Family troubles?
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Janet Boddy

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.003.0021

This chapter draws on two studies conducted across European countries, based on interviews with professional stakeholders and expert reviews, to explore similarities and differences in the way support for families is positioned within wider policy frameworks, and the ways specific approaches reflect both different countries’ assumptions about the relationship between families and the state and their broader approaches to social welfare. The analysis contrasts the assumed divide between ordinary and troubled families implicit in the way services are organized in the UK with continental European countries where institutionalized rights to support for all children and/or families, and a more professionalised holistic approach to family support embedded within universal services, makes specialist help more easily accessible and ‘trouble’ less stigmatized.

Keywords:   Parenting, Family support, European perspectives, Policy, Social welfare

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