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The Department for Education has announced that 4Children and the National Children’s Bureau have joined forces to form The Children’s Partnership.
It will be the Department’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector strategic partner for the next two years and will work with a variety of other organisations, including Barnardo’s and the NSPCC, to provide policy, deliver advice to the Government and support the childcare sector to develop new and sustainable approaches. With regards to policy, the initiative will make early years and adoption and care its priorities.
4Children will lead work on early years and childcare and will build on its successful work as a strategic partner over the last two years. Chief executive Anne Longfield said: “The next two years will be hugely important with both real challenges but also real opportunities. We know from our previous experience as strategic partners just how important it is that the voluntary sector is able to play a full and active role in delivering better outcomes for children and their families.
“This is an exciting partnership which brings real expertise and commitment to the table and I am confident that, by working together, we can help achieve real change.”
Dr Hilary Emery, chief executive of the National Children’s Bureau, said: “This partnership will be the voice for the voluntary sector, ensuring that Government policy is informed by the expertise of those working directly with children, young people and their families; those who know from first-hand experience what works and what doesn’t.
“Times are challenging for the sector, but they are especially hard for the many families that access voluntary sector services. The National Children’s Bureau has been pioneering effective partnership work in the sector for 50 years, we need more projects like this to ensure policies are effective, services reach the right people and action is taken to help the most vulnerable in our society, children and young people.”