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MPs of all parties call for early action

A report from an all-party group of MPs takes the latest neurological and psychological research and turns it into socia

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Time to change the way we spend

Friday 05 December 2014 / The Red Book, Autumn statement, Children's centres

This week’s Autumn Statement was the last big parliamentary event of 2014 - and one of the last before next May’s General Election. Without a change of approach at all levels, the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement could have stark implications for the services children and families rely on.

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The Eleventh Hour

First launched in 2011, Action for Children’s annual red book reports has helped us to see the changing needs of children and families, alongside the pressures on the services providing vital support. This year’s report, the eleventh hour, asked managers where they believed the needs of children, young people and families had changed in the last 12 months. Rather, worryingly managers pointed to a whole range of issues greater support is needed.

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Sharing our expertise: webinars on neglect

On the 24th and 31st October we hosted two webinars on neglect, focusing on our findings and lessons we have learnt through our research with the University of Stirling. They are available to view online now.

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New Year, new resolutions – same old problems

Most New Year’s resolutions are bound to be forgotten by the second week of January. Here are five urgent wishes that for some of the children and young people we work with, will go some way to making their lives better.

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What everyone else did this year

It’s the end of the year, so we decided we needed the obligatory blog post bigging ourselves up for everything we’ve done in 2013. I’m always up for a bit of navel-gazing but after a bit of a brainstorm we realised that we couldn’t have done anything this year without the help of others. So we’re going to big them up instead.

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Is early intervention a pipe dream?

Posted by Meg Munn MP /

Wednesday 11 December 2013 / Early intervention, Children's centres, The Red Book
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Meg Munn MP discusses the future for early intervention and the shift in the threshold for help, recently identified by the social work journal Community Care.

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Putting food on the table: the cost of living for our families

Posted by Douglas Dowell /

Friday 15 November 2013 / Cost of living, Children's centres, The Red Book
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For families whose income has gone down, every penny counts – and as the cost of living goes up the struggle to make ends meet gets even harder. Read Helen's story, explaining the tough decisions she has to make on a daily basis.

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Early intervention works, but austerity is its biggest threat

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‘Early intervention’ seems to be the concept of the moment - it’s snappy, it’s punchy and it sounds like we mean business. But early intervention isn't one ‘ta-da!’ moment, it’s a lengthy complicated journey.

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Are threats to children’s centres damaging children’s life chances?

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Children’s centres in England are under threat. What works within these vital community resources needs to be protected, to ensure that vulnerable children are given the best possible start in life.

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