Drawing on unique access to prominent policy makers including ministers, senior civil servants, local authority directors, and the leaders of children’s sector NGOs, Purcell re-examines two decades of children’s services reform under both Labour and Conservative-led governments.
By closely examining the origins of Labour’s Every Child Matters programme, the Munro Review, and more recent Conservative reforms affecting child and family social workers, the impact of high profile child abuse cases, including Victoria Climbié and Baby P, are reassessed and the party-political drivers of successive waves of reform are revealed.
"This book is a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in recent child welfare policy. Drawing on an impressive range of high level interviewees, Purcell provides a readable and coherent account of child welfare policy making with valuable insights that illuminate the contemporary situation." Nick Frost, Leeds Beckett University
Carl Purcell is a Research Associate in the Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit within the Policy Institute at King’s College London.
Foreword by Sir Paul Ennals
Chapter 1 – What Drives Children’s Services Reform?;
Children’s Services Reform under the Labour Government (1997-2010);
Chapter 2 – The Labour Leadership and Children’s Policy;
Chapter 3 – Structural Reform and the Victoria Climbié Inquiry;
Chapter 4- Every Child Matters and the Children Act 2004;
Chapter 5- Delivering Change for Children;
Chapter 6- The Children’s Plan, Broken Britain and Baby P;
Children’s Services Reform under the Coalition and Conservative Governments (2010-2019);
Chapter 7 – The Priorities of the Coalition and Conservative Government Leaders;
Chapter 8 – Schools’ Reform and Early Intervention;
Chapter 9 – The Reform of Child and Family Social Work;
Conclusion: The Politics of Children’s Services Reform;
Appendix: Chronology of Key Reports;