chapter  1
Supporting children and young people at home
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I lived with different parts of the family. I loved it at granddad’s cos he brought me up.

Laura, in care late 1990s and 2000s

It is not possible to examine the care system without looking at the available support in the community, which often has a stated and explicit aim of preventing the reception of young people into the care system. Family support for children living at home will be examined and critically analysed, and its relationship to the care system considered. The usefulness and deployment of the concept of ‘children on the edge of care’ will be explored.