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Chapter 3: Services for Children in Need: Prevention and Family Support

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Services for Children in Need: Prevention and Family Support
Services for children in need: Prevention and family support

In this chapter, following a short historical introduction, we will explore the meanings of prevention and family support, the ‘philosophies’ that underpin them and their practical manifestations in services for children in need. This will be followed by more detailed discussion of four key areas – short breaks, family centres, family group conferences (FGCs) and provision for ‘young carers’.

Mapping the respective terrains of ‘prevention’ and ‘family support’ is challenging but at their heart lie ideas of helping families in their childrearing and avoiding the need for more coercive measures such as the removal of children. In that sense, they have an obvious affinity with Fox Harding's ‘modern defence’ ...

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