Given the impact of the pandemic on families and children’s lives, work is on-going in Lambeth to revisit and revamp intervention and support via the Early Help offer. Headteacher Laura McPhee explains
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Our friends, family, colleagues and communities have had their lives changed in significant ways and the effects of the pandemic will be far-reaching for many. Some have been more severely affected than others and we know that those from ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

Of course racial inequality is not limited to health outcomes. Dr Jo Casebourne, chief executive of the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), points out that the lack of parity that still exists in society must be tackled head-on: “Children from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as their white counterparts. And it is not acceptable that young black Caribbean children are more than twice as likely to receive a permanent school exclusion than the school population as a whole. We need to understand better how these disparities arise and what works best to help reduce them.”

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