By Barbara Fawcett, Brid Featherstone, Jim Goddard
This significant textual content will supply a severe research of up to date advancements in baby care coverage lower than New Labour and the ensuing coverage and perform implications. The authors will draw on sociological debates, the growing to be kid's rights literature and wider advancements inside social coverage for you to offer a radical and balanced consultant to modern advancements during this speedily altering box. Ideologies in the back of fresh projects in a variety of perform parts are explored, and the implementation of key advancements are appraised. it will be fundamental analyzing for all scholars focusing on paintings with youngsters and their households.
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Part II of the 1996 Family Law Act, which aimed to save marriages, has been repealed and the married couples tax allowance abolished. No policies on marriage were outlined in the Labour Party Manifesto for 2001. Parental responsibility is to be extended to unmarried fathers who register the child’s birth and, in its second term, the government has included both same sex and cohabiting couples as adopters in adoption legislation. It is planned to develop legislation offering same sex couples access to legal and financial rights in order that they might have a degree of parity with heterosexual married couples.
Such theoretical concerns can be construed as somewhat superfluous in a book which focuses on policy and practice. However, it can be demonstrated that this is not the case. First, there is now a considerable literature on the role of ideas in the policy process (see John, 1998, pp. 144–166). Indeed, public policy can be primarily studied from just such a perspective (Heclo, 1974; Sabatier and Jenkins-Smith, 1993; Sabatier, 1999). In this context, one small example is offered to reinforce the point.
Finally, in terms of targeted 40 CONTEMPORARY CHILD CARE POLICY AND PRACTICE support for poor/disadvantaged children there have been a plethora of initiatives. Skinner notes that 2 years after Supporting Families: A Consultation Document (Home Office, 1998c) was published (according to the foreword by Jack Straw, then Home Secretary, the first government consultation document on family policy published by a British government), there was a shift in emphasis from focusing on families to focusing on children, noting the importance, for example, of the establishment of a Children and Young Person’s Unit in November 2000.