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Letters Austerity cuts and Sure Start children’s centres

Investment in Sure Start children’s centres is needed more than ever

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 23 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i902
  1. Melisa C Campbell, specialist registrar in public health, honorary research fellow1,
  2. Melissa Gladstone, senior lecturer in paediatric neurodisability2,
  3. Clare Oliver, foundation year one doctor2,
  4. Sophie Wickham, research fellow in public health data analysis1 ,
  5. Ben Barr, senior clinical lecturer in applied public health research1,
  6. Hanna Aisling, third year medical student1,
  7. David Taylor-Robinson, senior lecturer in public health12
  1. 1Department of Public health and Policy, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L14 5AB, UK
  2. 2Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  1. melisa.campbell{at}

Torjensen highlights important new evidence that children’s centres are effective in improving children’s and families’ outcomes, and that funding cuts are having a negative impact on service provision.1 Department for Education research shows that these centres can improve …

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