The policy background to Sure Start

Edward Melhuish and David Hall

in The National Evaluation of Sure Start

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303909 | DOI:
The policy background to Sure Start

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This chapter looks at various provisions for health and childcare support and mentions Prime Minister Tony Blair's comments on the need for cross-cutting reviews across government departments arising from concerns that some policy areas either might be ignored if left to a sole department or might be tackled inadequately. It also notes that such reviews are meant to facilitate ‘joined-up’ government. The chapter explains that the Cross-Departmental Review of Services for Young Children was established, charged with considering all available evidence and producing policy recommendations for counteracting the cycle of disadvantage. It focuses on considerations relevant to government policy for early interventions such as Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs), which derive from research evidence and also from concerns that had arisen over a number of years in child health.

Keywords: childcare support; Tony Blair; joined-up government; Cross-Departmental Review; Sure Start; research evidence

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Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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