Sure Start inquiry questions Martin Narey of Barnardo’s

14 December 2009

The Children, Schools and Families Committee holds its fourth evidence session into Sure Start Children's Centres with the heads of voluntary organisations - including Martin Narey of Barnardo's. Watch live from 3.45pm.

The witnesses are:


  • Clare Tickell, Chief Executive, Action for Children
  • Anne Longfield, Chief Executive, 4 Children
  • Helen Dent, Chief Executive, Family Action
  • Martin Narey, Chief Executive, Barnardo's

The Sure Start inquiry is examining whether the Children's Centres model of integrated services for under-5s and their families promotes early childhood development and is an effective response to deprivation. It is also looking at how the policy is being delivered.

This session questions the voluntary sector organisations on the impact of the programme and the challenges in its implementation, and at the role of the voluntary sector as a provider of services and manager of Children's Centres.

The Committee will hold another evidence session on Wednesday 16 December at 9.30am as part of its inquiry, which will examine both the provision of early education and care within Children's Centres, and other issues including partnership working and adapting the Children's Centres model to different communities.

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