Quarterly Newsletter – December 2014

The December issue of the Improving Futures Evaluation and Learning quarterly newsletter is available to download below.

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Making a Difference for Vulnerable Families: Evidence into Policy and Practice

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Troubled Families programme expanded to support younger children

Eric Pickles recently announced details of an expansion to the Troubled Families programme to help younger children get a better start in life.

The Troubled Families programme will retain its current focus on reducing truancy, crime and anti-social behaviour, but will apply the approach to more families with a wider set of issues including domestic abuse, debt and where children are at risk of being taken into care.

The programme will expand from working with children of school age to include those under five years old, and will have a particular focus on improving poor health which is a particular issue for ‘troubled families’.

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Quarterly Newsletter – June 2014

The June issue of the Improving Futures Evaluation and Learning quarterly newsletter is available to download below.

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Early childhood programs lead to better adult health

The long-term benefits for disadvantaged children who attend high-quality early years programs have long been known to include better qualifications, higher adult earnings and lower involvement in crime. But a groundbreaking study shows how the positive outcomes can extend to physical health – including lower levels of obesity and reduced risks of heart disease.

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Quarterly Newsletter – March 2014

The March issue of the Improving Futures Evaluation and Learning quarterly newsletter is available to download below.

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Strengthening the legacy of Improving Futures

Last week, as the government published findings about last summer’s riots, projects funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s £26 million Improving Futures programme were beginning to share learning about the benefits of an earlier, more joined-up approach to helping children growing up in families with multiple and complex needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Lottery Funds £890K support for 700 families in Southend through Improving Futures

A new project in Southend-on-Sea that will help children growing up in very difficult family circumstances has been awarded £893,616 from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).   Read the rest of this entry »

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Conference on Early Intervention for Families with Multiple Problems

The Improving Futures evaluation team recently attended a conference on Early Intervention for Families with Multiple Problems. Following an opening address by Graham Allen MP, we heard from a number of speakers delivering early intervention work across a number of fields and target groups.  Read the rest of this entry »

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First set of groundbreaking Improving Futures projects announced!

On 26 January BIG announced Improving Futures awards totalling £15.2m for 17 groundbreaking projects across the UK. You can read more about the projects here: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_improving_futures_new_projects.pdf

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