1st Edition

Does Every Child Matter?
Understanding New Labour's Social Reforms

ISBN 9780415495790
Published July 22, 2010 by Routledge
144 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Every Child Matters represents the most radical change to education and welfare provision in almost two decades. This book moves beyond a descriptive ‘how to’ framework to examine the underlying political and social aims of this policy agenda.

The authors’ analysis reveals that Every Child Matters represents the Government’s attempt to codify perceived risks in society and to formulate their responses. In doing so, children are made the strategic focus of much wider social policy reform, the effects of which are first felt in education. Does Every Child Matter? explores the ramifications of this along three key lines of analysis:

  • the restructuring of the state beyond its welfare functions
  • changes in governance and the creation of new binaries
  • a redefining of the education sector around the needs of the child.

This book provides a unique and insightful critique of Every Child Matters and its contribution to understandings of New Labour social policy. It locates the genesis of the policy in terms of its social, political and historical contexts and questions the validity of constructing social policy around issues of child welfare. Students, academics and researchers in education studies and education policy will find this book of great interest.

Table of Contents

@contents: 1. The Political Origins of Every Child Matters  2. Modernizing the Welfare State: New Public Management  3. International Comparisons: No Child Left Behind and Excellence for All Americans  4. Sure Start: Combating Urban Disadvantage  5. The Five Outcomes of Every Child Matters  6. Poverty and Economic Wellbeing  7. Child Welfare and Looked-after Children: From Protection to Prevention  8. Citizenship and a New Social Order  9. Challenging Parents: Government in loco parentis  10. Multi-agency Working: Plowden Revisited  11. Redefining the Education Sector: The Challenge for Schools  12. Conclusion: Does Every Child Still Matter?

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Catherine A. Simon is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at Bath Spa University.

Stephen Ward is Dean of the School of Education at Bath Spa University.