Liverpool City Region Child Poverty & Life Chances Commission
30 March 2012
LJMU academic Dr Diane Grant, Reader in Community and Social Studies, based in the Faculty of Education Community and Leisure, is representing the University as a member of the Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission Chaired by Frank Field MP.
Diane recently organised a meeting with representatives of the commissioners and a group of LJMU academics to discuss how LJMU could use their combined knowledge and expertise to tackle Aim 1 of the strategy, 'to ensure the best possible start in life for children and young people to improve their life chances'.
Pictured below(from left) are Helen Williams and Rob Tabb from KMBC, Dr Diane Grant, Sue Kay-Flowers, Martin Cole, Dr Claire Hennessy, Ian Beattie and Diahann Gallard. The group have combined expertise in conducting research, early years development, social work, social exclusion, family law, education studies and community health. The Commission recently launched their strategy to tackle child poverty and improve life chances for children and families in the city region, in which they announced their partnership with LJMU. Part of Diane's role is to make the links with the relevant academics at LJMU, so she would welcome staff from across the University getting involved (email: D.K.Grant@ljmu.ac.uk)
The Commission acts as the conscience for the City Region Cabinet on child poverty and life chances and recommends improvements in services, approaches and ways of working to reduce child poverty and improve the life chances of children and young people. The full strategy can be downloaded at: http://www.liverpoolcitystrategyces.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Child-Poverty-and-Life-Chances-Strategy.pdf.