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Children's communities

Ensuring local children get the support they need

Both in school and in the world of work, children from disadvantaged areas tend to do less well than those from wealthier backgrounds.

That’s why we’ve created Children’s Communities.

Based on the Harlem Children’s Zone in the USA, we’re focusing on some of the most deprived areas in England with the aim of improving the future of every child in these communities.

How do Children’s Communities work?  

Children’s Communities strengthen partnerships between key agencies and individuals in the UK’s most deprived communities.

This includes parents, schools, GPs, children’s centres, health visitors, youth workers, housing managers, family support workers and parent employment advisers.

Working with these partners to find out specific challenges faced by children and how we can make long-term plans to improve their lives.

Where we're working

Between 2016 and 2017, we launched:

Wallsend: a network of 13 primary and two secondary schools have joined forces to develop and deliver a raft of activities and services supporting children’s needs.

Pembury: a range of agencies, including Peabody Housing Association and Hackney Council, have come together to ensure that the varied support available to children and families is well integrated and easy to access.

Smallshaw-Hurst: we are bringing together a local housing association, schools, and Tameside council to focus on public health and early years services. By acting together, these partners can oversee a much more powerful, coordinated strategy for improving children’s lives than would be possible if they worked as individual organisations.

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Children's Community Network

For more information, visit the Children's Community Network.

Our partners

This ambitious programme is a partnership between local communities, Save the Children and academics from Sheffield Hallam University.

We're also being supported by a coalition of funders, including the Ballinger Charitable Trust, the Fidelity UK Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Lankelly Chase Foundation and the Oak Foundation.

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