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05 DECEMBER 2023
A new report by cross-party think tank Demos, in collaboration with affordable housing and support services provider Grosvenor Hart Homes, has highlighted the cost of failing to effectively join up public services for vulnerable children, young people, and families in the UK.
The report makes several clear policy recommendations to help switch the focus of public spending from the crisis end of the system towards a more preventative approach that can help make a positive and lasting difference in people’s lives.
Among its policy recommendations, the report - Wall to Wall Support - advocates for local authorities to join up support services through dedicated key workers so that the needs of vulnerable children, young people, and families – whether in relation to housing, employment, education or health can be comprehensively considered and addressed. Better data, outcome-based procurement, and simpler things like increasing awareness of services and making them more accessible and inclusive are also key.
Commenting on the report’s launch, Helen Keenan, Chief Executive of Grosvenor Hart Homes, said:
“The lack of affordable housing, coupled with a maze of dwindling and poorly co-ordinated support services that are hard to identify and access, is failing vulnerable children and young people, creating lost generations and saddling society with untenable long-term costs.
“By supporting this report, our ambition is to bring lawmakers' attention to the issue and to stimulate policy innovation that can shift the focus from firefighting to prevention. Through our activities which, in partnership with local authorities, provide high-quality affordable homes paired with tailored support services centred around mental health and wellbeing and routes into employment, we also hope to demonstrate the merits of an outcome-focused, replicable approach.”
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