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Change and continuity in children's services$
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Roy Parker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322221

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322221.001.0001

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Trends, transitions and tensions

Trends, transitions and tensions

children’s services since the 1980s*

(p.101) Chapter 7 Trends, transitions and tensions
Change and continuity in children's services

Roy Parker

Policy Press

Here the story is taken forward from 1980 to 2013. The principal statistical trends are identified and explanations offered for what they reveal. These trends are considered alongside developments in policy, both being set in their political context. Among the many influences in play attention is paid to the impact of the rights agenda; the contribution of pressure groups; the role of research; the quest for better prevention and the prevailing convictions of the governments in power; for example, the encouragement extended to private-for-profit provisions. However, some notable continuities are also considered and explained; for example, the persistent problem of poor co-operation between services; the wide local variations in both problems and performance and the stubbornly unchanging nature of many public perceptions of the children’s services and of those they seek to aid.

Keywords:   trends, policies, politics, changes, continuities

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