Work-focused services in children's centres: interim report: research summary: summary

Document type
Summary
Author(s)
Marangozov, Rachel; Stevens, Helen
Publisher
DWP
Date of publication
1 August 2010
Series
Research summary; 677
Subject(s)
Employment, Community Development and Regeneration
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Summary of a report providing findings from the interim stage of the evaluation of the work-focused services in children’s centres pilot. The work-focused services in children’s centres pilot was one of a suite of Child Poverty Pilots that were announced in 2008. The pilot operated in ten local authority areas (30 Sure Start Children’s Centres in total) in England, providing work-focused services through a dedicated Jobcentre Plus Personal Adviser, as well as activities designed to meet local needs. It ran from January 2009 to March 2011.

The aim of the pilot was to test how children’s centres can offer a more effective means of engaging parents in labour market activity, moving them closer to work, and ultimately into employment. A mixed-methods evaluation was put in place to assess the impact of the pilot and explore experiences and perceptions of its implementation. The evaluation included surveys of centre users, interviews with parents, staff and stakeholders and analysis of Department for Work and Pensions administrative data and data collected specifically for the evaluation.

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