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Levelling up for 0-5s: the potential of baby and toddler groups
How can the government’s family hubs policy improve learning outcomes?
How can we make the Care Review's Family Help teams work?
The Care Review promises a radical reset. So, what’s next?
Early years, family hubs and levelling up
We react to the government's recent plans for family hubs and early years
Early help is the best option for children and families. We need to protect it
Our new research finds that local authorities need more support to expand vital early help services and turn the tide against late intervention
To protect children, help their families
There’s no conflict between supporting families and protecting children. Head of Policy, Joe Lane, says the Care Review should push children’s social care to focus on the whole family
The Care Review: The starting pistol for a new era of care?
Today, Action for Children submits its final recommendations for how to improve the children’s social care system in England. Senior Policy Advisor Sam Atwell reflects on the legacy of the Care Review for the children and families we work with
Parity begins at home
To level up for children, government needs to get its new support for parents right, writes Joe Lane, Action for Children’s Head of Policy & Research
Budget 2021: Did the Government choose children?
Imran Hussain, Director of Policy & Campaigns, reflects on some of the Government’s big choices in today's Budget and Spending Review
There’s more to early years than childcare
No child should be held back because of gaps in the provision of early years services. But our latest report reveals large numbers of parents struggle to access this support
The big cut – hairdressers among those hardest hit by Universal Credit change
There are no winners from next month’s large cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit - £20/week (£1,040/year) – but the people losing big are those in work
'Don't call me a case': Five things the Care Review should recommend to improve our care system
The Independent Review of Children's Social Care is a rare opportunity to improve the lives of children and families. We respond to some big questions posed by the Review’s recent ‘Case for Change’ report
It’s time to walk the walk on early help
We’re still waiting for children to suffer harm before giving them the help they need. To change that, the Care Review needs to get it right on early help, argues Joe Lane, Action for Children’s Head of Policy & Research
Child poverty will weigh down on levelling up
"The high and increasing level of child poverty is incompatible with giving all children the best start in life."
The Andrea Leadsom review: A fresh direction for the early years?
Action for Children welcomes new vision paper for the first 1,001 days of life, while calling for action to turn vision into reality.
The Domestic Abuse Bill: Helping reduce harmful impact on children
Specialist support for children can reduce the impact of domestic abuse on their lives. It can improve children’s safety and their health outcomes
Five reasons why the universal credit decision will hurt families
We explain how taking more than £500 in the next financial year from low income families will hurt families with children
Supporting families through the pandemic: our early years services
It’s a whole new world. But one thing that has remained constant is Action for Children’s focus on the needs of children and families in the services it provides
Food poverty: Rashford, Rees-Mogg and responsibility
Marcus Rashford’s documentary raises questions about the responsibilities we all owe our children
“Big change starts small”: changing the conversation on the early years
Action for Children responds to the early years research released by the Duchess of Cambridge