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England: ministers urged to join forces to support family services

20 September 2021

The House of Lords Public Services Committee has called on the government’s health, education and communities departments to work together with Treasury support to address the causes of child vulnerability.

The committee believes ministers need to team up to bid for funding in the next government spending review, with the focus on the national roll-out of Family Hubs – centres where families and young people can get help with a range of problems.

Committee chair Baroness Armstrong said the lack of a joined-up national strategy for vulnerable children and their families undermines various departments’ policies and affects the ability of services and agencies to address people’s needs.

‘The next government spending review is a unique opportunity to put forward a convincing case for a joint approach to early intervention across education, the NHS, children’s social care, police and the voluntary sector with Family Hubs at its heart,’ she said.

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