Living with Sure Start: human experience of an early intervention programme

Angela Anning and Mog Ball

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:
Living with Sure Start: human experience of an early intervention programme

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This chapter focuses on the human experience of local programme interventions, drawing on the qualitative evidence amassed in the course of conducting the themed studies. It discusses the extensive changes experienced by providers and users of Sure Start Local Programme (SSLP) services in order to explore the human experience of SSLP interventions. The chapter notes that these changes were evident in the amount of resources available for the delivery of services and provision of support for families; in the spaces where support and services were delivered; in the time and manner of their delivery; and in changes in conditions and expectations of the workforce. It develops many services provided by SSLPs that failed to reach a great number of the families for whom they were intended, and draws conclusions about the fundamental flaws in the implementation of the programme.

Keywords: human experience; local programme interventions; SSLP services; fundamental flaws

Chapter.  5645 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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