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Children’s Commissioner calls for renewed focus on reducing poverty of young children

Additional investment in targeted interventions is essential

Changing the odds in the early years: A discussion paper on child poverty produced by the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England argues for a renewed focus on reducing poverty for pre-school children and their families as a central priority for this Parliament.

Drawing on research with ten local authorities in England, the report highlights the challenges local authorities are experiencing in helping families with very young children against the backdrop of increasing need and reducing budgets.

It concludes that additional investment in targeted interventions is essential at this crucial stage of children's development if we are to break the cycle of disadvantage for the poorest families. It advocates for urgent and co-ordinated action to improve young children's outcomes and life chances in the most disadvantaged areas.

The Children's Commissioner has proposed:

The full report is here.