Support for children and families

Children and young people are suffering because they don't get help early enough and current crisis-driven approaches are unsustainable.

We know that tackling problems before families reach crisis point is better for everyone and can save public money, especially at a time when budgets are squeezed. Effective early support services can also help to reduce inequality and break cycles of deprivation.

We're working with other leading children's charities to promote a shift towards early intervention and preventative spending in children's services.


Closed Doors

Our Closed Doors report highlights the impact cuts are having on the ability of children's centres to help children and families.

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Research with Councillors

Councillors across England raise the alarm of the future of early years services.

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Best Start in Life

Our campaign is calling for a review of early years services.

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Read our publications

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Losing in the long run

This report calls for a renewed commitment from Government to vital early intervention services.

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Early Intervention – Where now for local authorities?

This report identifies the lack of long-term central funding as the major barrier to early intervention services.

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In the eye of the storm

We show how vulnerable families are being most heavily affected by spending cuts and changes to the benefits system.

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Policy latest

Support for child victims of domestic abuse: patchy, piecemeal and precarious

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

There are on average 692 cases a day of children assessed by social services to be at risk of domestic violence.

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Thirty years later, is it time to revisit the guiding principles of the Children Act?

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Children’s views and wishes must now be taken into account in any decision.

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How the Queen’s Speech can still work for vulnerable children

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

With the Domestic Abuse Bill passing its Second Reading, there's a chance to improve the lives of vulnerable children.

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Children are heading for a decade of crisis, not 'renewal'

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Chancellor says his Spending Round will “turn the page on austerity” - but it's difficult to see the evidence

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