The Citizen, the State, and Child Maintenance

General | July 11, 2014

The Conservative Government of the late 80s and early 90s did much to redefine the relationship between the private family and the state. In particular, they placed the involvement of state agencies, when ‘things go wrong’ in families, on an entirely new footing. The Children Act 1989 was a seminal piece of legislation that established […]

Getting the tone right

General | July 4, 2014

Here at PFL we have just read a review of Penelope Leach’s new book Family Breakdown. Penelope has written widely on the topic of childrearing and has sold more than 2 million books worldwide. The review, from the pages of the Daily Mail, has – as you might expect – a slightly patronising tone. At […]