NSPCC counts cost of involvement in Sure Start projects

The NSPCC is considering pulling out of the Government's Sure Start programme because of a strain on resources and management time.

The children's charity is a lead agency in nine Sure Start projects and a key partner in 17 others. But it is to review its involvement on a case by case basis.

Barry Graham, NSPCC's director of education and community services, said: "The NSPCC remains fully committed to helping achieve the objectives of Sure Start. We are considering how much further involvement we will have with the programme as a lead agency. This is partly because Sure Start projects are very demanding on management time and support services such as administration, financial and personnel services needed to maintain staff and projects. Each project will be considered individually."

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