Author(s): Millward A; Clark J; Dyson A
Abstract: The idea of joined-up policy and inter-agency working is central to contemporary education and wider social policy agendas. This book explores policy and practice in a range of areas where education and other agancies including health, social and employment services and housing interact. The contributors investigate why joined-up policy hasrisen to the top of the current political aganda and how this connects with the promotion of 'Third Way' policies which seek to challenge social exclusion. They address the extent to which partnership or joined-up policy is capable of achieving social change, examining the subject in a range of contexts, conditions and countries. The collection draws together papers exploring the significance of newly unfolding initiatives with others which explore longer established areas of education and social policy. International comparisons are drawn with European, US, Australian and Japanese perspectives, and the significance for future policy and practice is drawn.
Notes: This chapter focuses on housing and illuminates the way in which grass-roots attempts to build co-operative working practices between different agencies may be hindered by the lack of a macro framework to facilitate such developments. The authors point out the legacy of the marketisation of the public sector for children's education, which produced a double jeopardy for children on the poorest housing estates.
Keywords: joined-up, policy, inter-agency working, partnership,