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By Barbara Fawcett, Brid Featherstone, Jim Goddard

This significant textual content will offer a severe research of up to date advancements in baby care coverage less than New Labour and the ensuing coverage and perform implications. The authors will draw on sociological debates, the becoming kid's rights literature and wider advancements inside social coverage which will supply a radical and balanced advisor to modern advancements during this swiftly altering box. Ideologies at the back of contemporary tasks in quite a lot of perform parts are explored, and the implementation of key advancements are appraised. this can be fundamental analyzing for all scholars focusing on paintings with youngsters and their households.

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Notwithstanding such qualifications, throughout the period of Conservative rule divorce rates were the highest in Europe and there was a considerable increase in lone motherhood. There was also a considerable increase in cohabitation rates and in the numbers of children born outside marriage (see Somerville, 2000, for a discussion of the continuities and discontinuities of marital and fertility patterns, particularly post-war; also, Frost and Featherstone, 2003). Also, as we have already noted in Chapter 1, there was a dramatic increase in child poverty which was unique to the UK among Western industrial countries (Bradshaw, 2002, 2003; Skinner, 2003).

For example, there is a considerable recent emphasis on investing in early years provision (see Pugh, 2003) but little emphasis on consulting with children about such initiatives. In contrast, the establishment of a Children and Young Person’s Unit in 2000 which took responsibility for administering the Children’s Fund, a fund for children aged 4–13, places emphasis on consulting with children and young people and has put efforts into imaginative consultation processes and to developing local panels of young people to comment on services.

Men have always had opportunities to opt out of the paternal role should they so wish. What is interesting in the contemporary UK is that many men appear to be refusing old models of fatherhood and embracing involved fatherhood models (see Henwood, 2002). The Child Support Act (1991) was a key step towards a policy approach which reinforces paternal responsibility and prevents men from opting out of financial responsibility. As we shall see in Chapter 3, considerable legislative and policy developments in the last decade have sought to enforce parental responsibility for both men and women as lifelong, binding and tied to biology.

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