Abstracts: October 9th, 2006

This Action Plan examines the reasons why, despite the progress made, there are still individuals and families who are cut off. About 2.5 per cent of every generation appear to be stuck in a lifetime of disadvantage. Their problems are multiple, entrenched and often passed down through generations.The Plan also concentrates on some key groups. There will be more support for very young children born into vulnerable circumstances. There will also be action to reduce teenage pregnancy because teenage motherhood often leads to reduced opportunities for mother and child alike. A green paper on Children in Care aimed at increasing educational attainment and ensuring greater stability and continuity in care is due to be published today.

The Plan is guided by five principles: early intervention; systematically identifying what works; better co-ordination of the many separate agencies; personal rights and responsibilities; and intolerance of poor performance. It proposes a range of systemic reforms aimed at fundamentally changing the way help and support to the socially excluded is delivered. This will result in a radical revision of methods for tackling social exclusion.

The Action Plan is available at:  http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/social_exclusion_task_force/reaching_out/reaching_out.asp