“We share the commitment of the review to reduce inequalities and to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life."
Responding to the announcement that Andrea Leadsom MP will carry out a review into how to improve health outcomes for babies and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:
“Councils have led their communities through the pandemic and will continue to play a crucial role in providing children from disadvantaged backgrounds with the support they need during this initial formative stage in their life.
“We share the commitment of the review to reduce inequalities and to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life. It is vital that it recognises the need for a joined-up approach across all public services and government departments, in order to ensure future generations of children and adults are healthy.
“The importance of early intervention and prevention services for children and families cannot be overstated and we are keen to work with the review to ensure councils have the right resources to support infants and parents when they need it most as part of a long-term sustainable funding settlement for early help and support services.”