patterns of change and continuity
This is an extensive introduction that explores the patterns of change and continuity in children’s services by pursuing three themes: the effect of legislation, the part played by policy (as distinct from law) and then the nature of the issues and problems with which these services have been confronted. Some legislation has secured important changes, but some has introduced little that is new or has failed to be implemented. Likewise, whereas some policies have introduced significant changes others have re-introduced what has gone before or have failed to make any impact. Similarly, some issues and problems are new or achieve greater prominence. Others remain stubbornly familiar. Each of these three themes is explored through examples and explanations for their impact, or lack of it, are provided.
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