Stop Start : Survival, decline or closure? Children’s centres in England 2018
The Sutton Trust have produced this report on the continuing closure of Sure Start Centres – possibly up to 1,000 between 2009–2017.
The trust is calling for an urgent government review of the programme that was introduced in 1998 to provide support for disadvantaged families. With child poverty set to rise by 50% and much discussion over how to ‘close the gap’ – improving children’s life chances will become ever more challenging.