Recent years have seen increasingly high levels of government activity and intervention in the UK in the field of child welfare policy. As a result, it has been difficult for many policy activists and researchers to keep up with the pace of developments. It has also been difficult to discern common themes within the wide array of initiatives. In the early to mid-1990s, this was less of an issue. Although the Conservative governments had introduced a number of significant measures - such as the Children Act 1989, the Child Support Act 1991 and the Family Law Act 1996 - they were much less interventionist than their successors, the Labour governments elected in 1997 and 2001. This is evident from Table 1.1, which lists some of the key initiatives relating to children between 1998 and 2003.
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