Integrating children’s services
The ‘prevention of social exclusion’ has been until recently a major policy driver in welfare services in England (Bynner 2001; France and Utting 2005). Its core concept ‘social inclusion’ now carries with it the idea of entitlement to integration into society as both an individual right and a societal necessity. That attention to social inclusion represented a shift over the past 20 years, from seeing problems among children and young people in terms of their being disadvantaged to their now being ‘at risk’ of being excluded from what society both offers and requires. This move has been regarded as helpful by policy-makers as it is future-oriented and allows the State to think about how it might prevent the exclusion of children from what binds society together and from their responsibilities to society.