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Social policy review 22Analysis and debate in social policy, 2010$
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Ian Greener, Chris Holden, and Majella Kilkey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427113

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427113.001.0001

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Children’s social care under New Labour

Children’s social care under New Labour

(p.30) (p.31) Two Children’s social care under New Labour
Social policy review 22

Langan Mary

Policy Press

This chapter suggests that Labour's approach to social care has been through a substantial discontinuity. It explains that this chapter's overview of policy in social care leads through the events that shaped Labour policy, focusing on how young people has been regarded as being in ‘danger’, and how sex offenders have come to be feared, and to question parenting. It describes and explores the role of Sure Start and Family Intervention Projects in relation to Labour's larger policy goals. It then goes on to describe the role of ‘positive psychology’ in the greater therapeutic content of Labour's policy and how, despite negative evaluations, Labour have pressed on with the approach to trying to intervene in children's lives, transforming the relationship between the family and the state as a result.

Keywords:   Labour's approach, social care, discontinuity, Sure Start, Family Intervention Projects, positive psychology

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