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Letters Covid-19 and betrayal of childhood

Children’s centres are the foundation of social regeneration

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 08 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n41
  1. Sebastian Kraemer, honorary consultant
  1. Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, London NW3 5BA, UK
  1. kraemer{at}

Aynsley-Green praises the last Labour government’s Every Child Matters policy,1 which included the ambitious Sure Start programme, a massive financial and organisational investment in child health and development.2 Its founders’ vision was to strengthen communities around young children in areas of social deprivation,3 but the focus was blurred when Treasury funding was dispersed to local authorities, soon compounded by the financial …

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