Focus on Children and Families

Three years down the road from the publication of the Every Child Matters green paper the children’s services landscape has changed beyond recognition. While the government’s desire to improve outcomes for all children has been welcomed across the  social care sector its increasingly punitive stance on children’s antisocial behaviour has led to a chorus of criticism. But what differences, if any, can we expect to education and social policy in the likely event of Gordon Brown replacing Tony Blair as prime minister?

Sally Gillen looks at the government’s drive to punish parents for their children’s behaviour.

Amy Taylor talks to John Chowcat, general secretary of the Association of Professionals in Education and Children’s Trusts about schools’ engagement with the Every Child Matters agenda.

Anabel Unity Sale examines how poverty among large families is not simply a result of having more mouths to feed.


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