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Giving young children and their parents the support they need

We are working with a number of organisations to deliver improved support for young children and their families.

Early intervention and health

A 2010 GLA report on the Economic Case for Early Years Intervention to Address Health Inequalities in London demonstrates how early years interventions provide high returns on investment for individuals and society. The report helps to build a business case for appropriate investment in public health, prevention and early years intervention as set out in the Mayor’s Health Inequalities Strategy.

The Mayor’s Health Inequalities Strategy (April 2012) seeks to promote improvements in the physical and emotional health of children, This includes all London schools taking every opportunity to improve and support the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of their pupils by creating and promoting a healthy school environment.

Early Years Interventions to address Health Inequalities in London – the Economic Case PDF (opens in new window)

Read the background and download all versions of the Early Interventions report

The GLA made the following response to the review of early intervention, led by Graham Allen MP in October 2010. It included early findings of GLA work on the economic case for investment in relation to early years, a priority strand of the Mayor's renewed agenda on children and young people and Health Inequalities Strategy.

GLA Evidence Submission to the Independent Review on Early Intervention Delivery PDF (opens in new window)

Tackling child poverty

Over 600,000 young Londoners live in poverty. Most poor children won’t grow up to be poor. However, poverty’s negative effect on children’s education, housing, health and risk of crime and accidents can mean a higher chance of disadvantage as an adult.

Ending child poverty in London will make sure that Londoners fulfil their potential.

London’s high housing, transport and childcare costs make it harder for low income families and many low skilled workers to survive on their incomes. London has fewer part-time jobs compared to the rest of the UK, reducing the opportunities for parents of young children.

Who is at risk of child poverty?

  • Children living in families where no one works face the highest poverty risks
  • Children in lone parent families 
  • Families where only one parent is working 
  • Mothers’ employment rates are much lower in London than in the rest of the UK
  • Parents with English as a second language have lower employment rates
  • Refugee, asylum seeking, gypsy and traveller families all face very high levels of disadvantage.

London Living Wage

The Mayor campaigns for employers to pay the London Living Wage so that low paid workers can have better living standards.

London Child Poverty Commission

The Mayor and London Councils set up the independent London Child Poverty Commission (external website) which ran from 2006 to 2010. The commission addressed the challenge of child poverty in London and identified solutions to help reduce and eventually end it. The commission published its legacy report PDF (opens in new window) in March 2010.