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Government should aspire to early intervention legacy

CYP Now joined forces with 4Children to convene a roundtable discussion a fortnight ago with a dozen directors of children's services and chief executives. They were invited to debate a key issue of our times: how to turn the rhetoric on early intervention into tangible improvements in the lives of the mostdisadvantaged children and families. Participants raised a multitude of points. Here are six of the best.

We must pull together for deprived children

This week is the first week of the school break. It's a time for a holiday, time to play sport, time to take part in new challenges. But research has shown that disadvantaged children are more likely to fall behind their peers during this long summer holiday.

Early intervention transcends early years

The national focus on early intervention has put a spotlight on the early years. But with many conflating the two ideas, we run the risk of neglecting the need to develop a preventative mindset in our work with school-age children.

We must fight for young people's future

The political debate is dominated by the economy. But while the battle rages in Westminster about whether the financial cuts are necessary or proportionate, there is general agreement that they have had a severe impact on young people, women and children.

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