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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 1999): Child Welfare - UK

CHILD'S PAY

D. Walker

Guardian, Sept. 8th 1999, p.19

Reports on the flow of public funds into a massive expansion of childcare for the under fives through the childcare tax credit, the New Deal, Sure Start, and the National Lottery.

FIRST SCHOOL BIRTH CONTROL CLINIC TO OPEN

I. Herbert

Independent, Sept. 3rd 1999, p. 4

Reports that condoms and contraceptive pills are to be issued from a health clinic in a secondary school playground as part of the drive to reduce the teenage pregnancy rate in Gateshead.

FOR THE RECORD

M. Hodge

Guardian. Society, August 18th 1999, p. 9

Defends Ofsted's new role in overseeing childcare services on the grounds that this approach will facilitate implementation of national standards. Regulatory systems for childcare and early education will come together to provide a seamless service that will be flexible and user-friendly and offer an inspection system appropriate for different types of settings.

GORDON'S SURE STARTER

D. Walker

Public Finance, July 23rd - 29th 1999, p. 20-21

Profile of Naomi Eisenstadt, who is in charge of implementing the Sure Start programme. This programme is worth £540m over three years and is intended to improve the mortality rates, life chances and educational potential of under-fives throughout the country.

PARENTS UNDER PRESSURE

G. Pugh

Community Care, no. 1288, 1999. Supplement. 8p.

Explores current pressures and problems faced by parents, and the government's response to them in the shape of promotion of family-friendly employment practice and new proposals for financial support for families. These focus on low-income families in receipt of benefits or income top-ups.

SEX APPEALS

A. Cruttwell

Young People Now, no. 125, 1999, p. 19-21

Following the report of the Social Exclusion Unit on teenage pregnancy, article gives an overview of government initiatives related to sex and relationship education, and outlines the role of the youth service in this area.

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