chapter  4
Social development with children and families in France
ByCrescy Cannon
Pages 18

In this chapter I want to describe some of the changes which have been occurring in the social welfare field in France. The significant feature of contemporary French policy is the integration of social planning, around the goals of preventing exclusion and of promoting integration (or insertion), across a wide range of services, agencies, professions and community groups. This means that in the case of families, children and youth we immediately find we are looking at ‘territorialised’ strategies which include not only labour market measures but community development initiatives, usually referred to in France as local, or urban, social development. There have been enormous implications for the social work professions.