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Scandal, social policy and social welfare2nd, Rev. Ed$
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Ian Butler

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347466

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347466.001.0001

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Scandal, social policy and social welfare

Ian Butler

Mark Drakeford

Policy Press

A second term in office has seen the government of New Labour increasingly embarrassed by Public Inquiries and increasingly reluctant to hold them, preferring other methods to promote accountability. This can be very clearly seen in several other areas of public policy beyond social welfare. The Report of the Climbié Inquiry has produced a discernable stream of public-policy artefacts, from the Green Paper Every child matters to the Children Act 2004 and a plethora of professional responses. However, it is not clear which will have the more lasting effect on the lives of truly vulnerable children and the practice of child care. This chapter examines some aspects of what is believed to be the political context in which recent scandals in Britain have emerged and how this intersects with the very personal tragedies from which all scandals are fashioned. It also discusses the scandals under New Labour, the impact of scandal on the provision of community-care services in mental health, and the scandal at the Garlands Hospital in Carlisle City.

Keywords:   New Labour, scandals, Britain, Public Inquiries, community-care services, mental health, Garlands Hospital, social welfare, public policy, child care

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