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Vulnerable Children 'Need Bigger and Longer-Term' Programmes

Magazine article Public Finance

Vulnerable Children 'Need Bigger and Longer-Term' Programmes

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The government should move away from pilot schemes and short-term funding packages in its attempts to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, a research centre has said.

The first-year findings of the Narrowing the Gap project, which looks at ways of improving opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, have been published. The project is run by the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young Peoples Services (C4EO), which is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

The report calls for Very few national programmes to drive progress in children's services' but for those programmes to be 'big and long-term'.

Furthermore, councils and partner organisations should be allowed flexibility but also held to account for reducing inequality.

Speaking at a Local Government Information Unit conference looking at the Every Child Matters policy, five years after the programmes creation, Christine Davies, director at C4EO, said there was much to celebrate. …

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