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1031: Children and educational services

This paper is taken from the Commission for Rural Communities’ ‘State of the countryside update: Children and educational services’.

Year of Publication2010

Local authorities must factor rural in-migration into their long-term strategic planning for children. About a quarter of children in rural England live in poverty. The infrastructure required to deliver services in rural areas is often weak but barriers can be overcome through innovative service delivery. The well-being of children in care is not solely the preserve of social work staff, but all involved in delivering children’s services. Children’s Centres should be able to be more flexible. Extended schools can underpin village life and local authorities can be more creative in using them to ensure the future viability of rural schools.

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