Between “Families in Trouble” and “Children at Risk”:Historicising “Troubled Family” Policy in England since 1945

Lambert, Michael (2019) Between “Families in Trouble” and “Children at Risk”:Historicising “Troubled Family” Policy in England since 1945. Children and Society, 33 (1). pp. 82-91. ISSN 0951-0605

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Abstract

The launch of the Troubled Families Programme in 2011 has thrown into sharp relief how governments develop policies and practices to intervene in the lives of so‐called ‘troubled families’. Commentators were quick to make comparisons with historic efforts to rehabilitate ‘problem families’ in the post‐war period. However, beyond discursive similarities, there are also marked continuities in how family policies have been developed and implemented. This review narrates the rise, fall and rise of concern about ‘problem’ and ‘troubled’ families in England in the context of anxieties about child and family welfare, and the appropriate response of the state.

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Journal Article
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Children and Society
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137036
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25 Sep 2019 10:10
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Yes
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Published
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