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Garrett, PM
How to be modern: New labours neoliberal modernity and the Change for children programme
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children's services common language flexibility resistance SOCIAL-WORK FAMILIES SERVICES LOOKING
In England the New Labour administration is seeking to embed a transformational reform agenda within childrens service. Social workers, among others appear, however, to be wary of the agenda which is now rhetorically rooted in the Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme (CfC). The main social work practice elements of this programme are associated with the introduction of a Childrens Index, a multidisciplinary Common Assessment Framework and the role of Lead Professional. In terms of the promotion of this programme, the government has maintained that the focal aim is to create a modern childrens workforce. However, the entire transformational agenda can be interpreted as reflecting New Labours neoliberal modernity. This is particularly apparent in the terms of the ideas associated with flexibility which are so central to the CfC programme.
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bc1345
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