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Targeting children's centre services on the most needy families

This report provides evidence of how children’s centres are targeting the most disadvantaged families. It explains how local authority and children’s centre staff are defining, identifying and prioritising families in greatest need of support, and the practical implications of targeting for local authorities, for children’s centres and for policy.

The report is based on a review of policy and research, together with case studies of work in six English local authorities. The report discusses definitions of need, sources of data, methods of reaching identifying families and systems for monitoring and review. The report features a concept map, practice examples and recommendations for considerations by policy-makers and practitioners.