A new paper from Capacity and the H.OP.E. Family Centre argues that
children's centres and other early intervention services should focus on
addressing inequality and family poverty. Children's lives are being damaged
by benefit cuts, low pay, rising living costs and indirectly, through the
loss of local services like children's centres, libraries, playgroups and
Too many families are among the learning poor and access to education for parents should be as full an entitlement as free health care or funded childcare. The barriers that parents currently face to return to education - course fees, childcare and transport - should be dismantled.
Families should have more say about and more involvement in the support and services they need. In deprived communities, parents should be supported to come together to research and find their own solutions to local problems. Their perspectives on the challenges their children face should be the starting point for professionals and policy makers.
Capacity is a policy, research and training body, pledged to promote the needs of young children, their families and communities and to provide strategies to increase social inclusion and to combat poverty.
What we do
A social enterprise, we offer strategic support to statutory bodies and other agencies involved in the creation of services for children and families.
We specialise in:
- Cross-cutting services for children and families
- Helping to deliver change where change is needed
- Developing strategies to increase social inclusion
Capacity is a company limited by guarantee and has no shareholders. It is committed entirely to the interests of children.
Our themes are:
- Relevance – putting the needs and aspirations of children, families and communities at the heart of services
- Mutuality – opening up public services to ensure that those who gain from those services can be engaged in decision-making and delivery and creating a new relationship between state, public services and communities
- Shared resources – recognising the interdependence of individuals, families and communities for the realisation of a more inclusive and just society
- Learning – as a means of overcoming disadvantage and as a tool for social change