By Martin Brett Davies
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The new targeted initiatives overlapped with traditional family support spheres ofpractice. The families who were the subject of the new family-minded interventions were families whose children were at risk of entering the care and protection systems, who experi enced drug and alcohol problems, who lived with violence and poverty, and whose children had been the 'children in need'. The relationship between these new policies and services and existing family support services was unclear. For some localities, these additional support services were used to enhance provision, for others it led to a reduc tion in the more traditional services as funding moved to the new arrangements.
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There is limited evidence of services seeking to engage with the extended network of a child, of which parents are often only one part. Policy-makers rarely articulate a working definition of family and, as a result, assumptions are made about the appropriate recipients of family services. The focus of concern in family support needs teasing out, and this has important implications for the effectiveness of the services. Conceptual understandings offamily are contested. As Williams (2004) suggests, family-focused research has moved beyond a traditional concern with who consti tutes the family to exploring family practices.