Family Support as a practice and theoretical orientation has evolved into a robust set of ideas, with its key applications explored by a number of leading writers and recent texts in the field. The aim of this book is an attempt to cover areas of practical skill and underpinning knowledge that can be useful to a range of relevant practitioners and students. The core theme is that family support in itself is of value for a range of practitioners and services. Although subject to policy shifts, it has carved out some clear foundations in theory and practice. Whilst it cannot be seen as a panacea and is subject to the agendas of government, it has potential to be applied across the spectrum of services. At a time when policy in areas such as early intervention, prevention and support are widespread but also facing uncertainty, there are debates that are useful to reflect on. Some of the current tensions centre around support versus intervention, the shift in focus away from wider environmental factors to individual responsibility, and the move from universal to more targeted provision in the general welfare context.
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