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Letters Sure Start children’s centres

Children’s health: opportunities to have a real impact

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 21 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2304
  1. Michael Craig Watson, trustee,
  2. Sylvia Tilford, trustee
  1. Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Lichfield, UK
  1. mcwatson100{at}

We welcome this latest research on the impact of the Sure Start programme.12 The evidence shows that large scale, holistic public health interventions can be effective in improving children’s health.2 Sure Start substantially reduced hospital admissions for infections, injuries, and mental health problems.

For those interested in “levelling up” there are clear lessons to be learnt from this research. The impacts of …

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