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Parental Involvement and Multi-Agency Support Services for High-Need Families in France

Abstract : This article examines developments in parenting and family support services in France. Drawing on qualitative empirical studies, the article considers two types of initiatives ‒ the Programmes for Educational Success (PRE) and parenting interventions delivered alongside child protection services. Both of these services are examples of new types of parenting and family support interventions in the French context targeted at ‘children at risk’, seeking to address and prevent problems of educational underachievement, youth offending, poor health in children and young people and child neglect and maltreatment. The article critically reviews tensions between principles of more responsive, partnership-based family support and more prescriptive parenting education and family interventions. Drawing on empirical findings, the article examines frontline practice and professional‒family relationships, highlighting the significance of ‘parental involvement’ practice and conflicting professional and parental perspectives about children's needs, family support and professional–client relationships.
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Hélène Join-Lambert. Parental Involvement and Multi-Agency Support Services for High-Need Families in France. Social Policy and Society, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2016, Themed Section on Intensive Family Support Services: Politics, Policy and Practice Across Contexts, 15 (2), pp.317-329. ⟨10.1017/S1474746415000706⟩. ⟨hal-01406854⟩



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