The 1980’s: Expansion and Barton Hill.
The early 1980’s saw the BAND’s membership continue to grow and the organisation moved to larger offices in theBarton Hill Settlement building. Recognising the value of BAND’s work, the City Council’s Social Services department awarded core funding and, with funding from the Dept. of Health, an Inner-City Development Worker was employed. BAND’s services continued to expand, now covering insurance, loan resources, training and criminal records checks.
In 1989 The Children Act was passed, the first major piece of legislation in the UK aimed at setting standards for the out-of-school care sector. The new act:
“…allocated duties to local authorities, courts, parents and other agencies in the United Kingdom, to ensure children are safeguarded and their welfare is promoted.”
With its heritage in the sector, BAND had the expertise to assist Bristol’s childcare providers in reaching and surpassing the new minimum legal requirements, helping them reach for excellence.