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Social Policy Review 19Analysis and debate in social policy, 2007$
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Karen Clarke, Tony Maltby, and Patricia Kennett

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349415

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349415.001.0001

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Children's services in 2006

Children's services in 2006

Chapter:
(p.84) (p.85) Five Children's services in 2006
Source:
Social Policy Review 19
Author(s):

Harriet Churchill

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349415.003.0006

This chapter examines the rapidly unfolding story of children's services reform in the UK in 2006. Those working in children's services are responding to multiple drivers of change inhabiting a fast-moving policy landscape. Major reorganisation is under way in response to the 2004 Children Act that seeks comprehensive reform across the range of services for children aged 0–19 years and their families, and has been described as constituting ‘the most radical transformation [of children's services] since the 1948 Children Act’. The timing of such radical reform has been explained as the cumulative effect of huge concern over child protection failures, and ongoing policy agendas aiming to ‘modernise’ public services and reduce social exclusion. With imminent implementation targets and several new policy announcements in 2006, the chapter sets out to examine reform in two stages. First, it summarises the main tenets of the evolving national policy framework. Second, the chapter highlights five key implementation concerns: competing policy agendas, realising the outcome-led approach, accountability gaps, joining up services, and developing partnership working and resources and capabilities for implementation and development.

Keywords:   children's services reform, social policy, 2004 Children Act, social exclusion, child protection, policy implementation

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