The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and researchers from Cambridge University and the University of Kent have published findings from a scoping review of academic and grey literature looking at the evidence base in relation to the delivery and effectiveness of early help, to make recommendations to the Independent review of children’s social care in England. Recommendations to government include the introduction of a legal duty on local authorities and statutory safeguarding partners to provide early help to children and families; which should encompass a broad definition of early help, including support to alleviate the impact of poverty.
Read the news story: New analysis of help for struggling children and families underlines challenge facing Govt’s social care rethink
Read the report: Supporting and strengthening families through provision of early help: a rapid review of evidence (PDF)
Date: 29 May 2021
Source: National Children’s Bureau