This theme explores the issues concerning children and families and how they affect women who are homeless. It is being led by Expert Group member Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive of Action for Children. Read the theme round-up here.
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Dame Clare says:
Estimates suggest that up to 1 million children in the UK are at risk of being trapped in the same cycles of deprivation and neglect as their parents.
Across sectors, we also need to develop more effective professional relationships with vulnerable parents in order to improve outcomes. We need to better recognise the skills and abilities they do have and nurture both the parent and the child’s sense of being capable, resilient and able to achieve their potential.
Of course, early intervention services require adequate funding. Despite increasing demand on already stretched services, we’ve seen preventative services being cut or de-prioritised. Local authorities should be supported to provide early help, as well as later interventions for vulnerable children and families. In particular, there should be no further reduction in housing related support. We need more supported housing for homeless women.
We need a national debate on the needs of vulnerable women and their children and the Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign provides that opportunity. I’m looking forward to the conversation and hearing more on innovative practice, particularly from those who work with both homeless women and their children.
Read more from Dame Clare about these issues in her blog.
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