This chapter argues that social exclusion takes many forms, some of which are rooted in the material circumstances of families and the economic conditions of societies, but others are connected with social relations, both intergenerational and intragenerational. One form of social exclusion describes the ways in which ‘poor’ children are marginalised through lack of material resources. Another refers to the ways in which all children are left out of most major forms of decision making outside family households. Solutions to social exclusion may come in different forms; including national policy changes, a development of local strategies and/or a shift in distributions of social, cultural and material resources. Any social policy related to children and young people should enable children themselves to define solutions to social exclusion.
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