Families desperately need joined-up support, but ministers refuse to see how their policies set up poor children to fail

Children in England are facing their own hostile environment, with government policy undermining their right to a fair start in life and support for families systematically dismantled since 2010.

First 1,000 days of life, published this week by the Commons health and social care committee, exposes the extent of the damage – and the impact it has had.

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