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Strategies for the Prevention of Social Exclusion: An Analysis of the Children's Fund

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 April 2008

Professor of Social Policy, School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton, Mayfield House, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PH email:
Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT email:


The Children's Fund involved the development of partnerships in every local authority in England to prevent the social exclusion of children and young people. This article draws from the national evaluation of this initiative to consider the strategies used to implement the Fund, and reflect on their capacity to address the multiple dimensions of exclusion experienced by marginalised groups of children and young people. It discusses the contested nature of the concept of social exclusion, but argues that this is a useful framework for understanding the processes by which children may become excluded and for assessing the capacity of strategies to address this. It concludes that the Children's Fund is likely to have limited long-term impact in this respect.

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