This chapter summarises the main findings of the study and presents overall conclusions. This book began by observing the growth of concern in children's services with child well-being and arguing that this risks overlooking the fact that child ‘ill-being’ has long been a cause for concern, albeit conceptualised in several different ways, including unmet need, violated rights, poverty, poor quality of life and social exclusion. Each condition has its distinguishing features but overlaps with the others to varying degrees. Because they are different, the services required to tackle each one also require different orientations, despite the synergy that sometimes exists between them. Used carefully, therefore, all five concepts can act as useful lenses through which to view and understand children's well-being, and so, hopefully, inform improved services.
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