Having examined recent policy developments in relation to a wide range of child welfare issues, this chapter offers some conclusions with respect to the significance of these developments. Since 1997, UK central government has shown considerable commitment to intervening in the lives of children in a variety of ways and to a much greater degree than previous administrations. Interventions in relation to specific categories of children sit alongside broader initiatives in relation to children generally, such as those concerned with abolishing child poverty. In one sense, the simple expansion of government interest in child welfare policy is the most significant development. Within a social investment strategy, this is not surprising, since such an approach ensures that ‘the child in particular takes on an iconic status’ (Lister, 2003, p. 437).
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