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Sure Start Programme: Tyne and Wear

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many families have received (a) healthcare and (b) other support from the Sure Start programme in Houghton and Washington East in the last five years. (181825)

Data on how many families have accessed health and other support services from the Sure Start programmes over the last five years is not collected centrally. Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs) have assessed their own progress against a range of outcomes for children and families as part of their local level monitoring and evaluation. Local evaluation reports can be obtained directly from the programme or from the National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) website www.ness.bbk.ac.uk The report for Sure Start Hetton and Houghton in 2005 shows that, based on 95 responses out of a survey sample of 240, 93 per cent. were satisfied or very satisfied with their antenatal services, 96 per cent. (of 58 responses) were happy with the baby clinic, and 90 per cent. with the health visiting services. The 2005 report for Sure Start Monument shows that, based on 92 responses out of a survey sample of 260, 98 per cent. were satisfied or very satisfied with their antenatal services, 92 per cent. with the baby clinic, 91 per cent. with the health visiting service and 90 per cent. with their GP surgery. The information in these reports is locally collected and is not validated by the NESS team or the Department for Children, Schools and Families.