We are proud that one of our Trustees, Teresa Smith, co-authored this research. Stop Start, survival, decline or closure - Children's Centres in England in 2018. Undertaken by the University of Oxford, it paints a picture of what has happened with Children's Centres in England. It shows decline, both in numbers and services, but also adaptation and a struggle to survive. Recommendations include:
- The central purpose of Children's Centres to promote positive child and family development primarily for 0-5 age group should be stressed and;
- Children's Centres should reconnect with their original purpose. They warn against open access being lost, or minimised, in favour of referral only services, highlighting that a good mix of children is important for children's social mobility and social development.