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Families in most Western industrialised countries have often been described as "child-centred" because the benefit of children is at the core of the system and 20th century decline in the average size of families has given parents more time to devote to the welfare of the few children that they do have. Post-war legislation in most developed countries gives first consideration to the well being of children who have generally benefited from the many welfare measures introduced on their behalf. Although there are many who fall between the cracks most families in developed countries are assisted by a host of voluntary and statutory provisions in the acquisition of health and stability and these developments have seen changing cultural attitudes to children.
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