Austerity cuts are eroding benefits of Sure Start children’s centres

  title={Austerity cuts are eroding benefits of Sure Start children’s centres},
  author={Ingrid Torjesen},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  • I. Torjesen
  • Published 19 January 2016
  • Psychology
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
A study commissioned by the UK government has concluded that children’s centres set up to support parents of young children can improve the mental health of mothers and functioning of families but that these benefits are being eroded by cuts. Findings from the study were quietly published with a mass of other documents just before Christmas by the Department for Education.1 The children’s centres were introduced under the last Labour government’s Sure Start programme to provide a range of… 
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Austerity cuts are eroding benefits of Sure Start children ’ s centres