Barnardo’s is backing a report by the Health and Social Care Committee about the importance of the first thousand days of a child’s life.
The UK’s leading children’s charity says this period is a critical time, but help for families must not stop there.
Chief Executive Javed Khan said:
“Far too many children are reaching crisis point before they get help. This causes serious trauma, and can threaten their education, health and happiness.
“Families in every community need support to give their children the best possible start in life, so I welcome new calls from the Health and Social Care Committee for an ‘early years revolution’.
“But although the first thousand days are critical, we would go further, and call for local support for all families, so we can tackle problems such as mental health, gang violence, and child sexual abuse more effectively, and try to reduce the numbers of children going into the care system.
“To achieve this vital step change in outcomes for children, we urge the Government to invest in innovative new services, delivered in partnership with local communities, and focused on prevention, so we can change children’s lives, and the system around them, for the better.”