Launch of Why Health Visitors Matter report

Today we are launching #HealthVisitorsMatter – a report compiled of short pieces by parents, professionals, and charity leaders that show the breadth and depth of health visitors’ work and its importance.    Health visitors perform a vital role.  Babies and children under two are the most vulnerable of all our children. They are also least…

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Impact of COVID-19 Inquiry

Today the Government published its response to the Petitions Committee’s inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on new parents and their babies. The response is available here.  Our analysis of the response highlights a number of areas where we feel it is insufficient: The Government is diminishing the impact of the pandemic on our babies…

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First 1001 Days Movement response to the Budget and Spending Review

In today’s Budget and Spending Review, the Chancellor stated the importance of a child’s first 1001 days and announced new funding for services for children and families. The Budget and Spending Review documents can be found here.  We welcome the Chancellor’s recognition of the importance of the first 1001 days and the funding invested in…

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#TurnOffTheTaps Invest in Health Visiting

Today we are launching our #TurnOffTheTaps campaign calling for investment in Health Visiting services. The focus of Government policy and spending is too often on dealing with a backlog of unmet needs, rather than reducing this need through improving the health, happiness and resilience of our citizens. We are investing billions in overstretched health and…

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June 2021 All Party Parliamentary Group Meeting

On 8th June, during Infant Mental Health Awareness Week, the APPG for Conception to Age Two met to discuss the Health and Care Bill and how it might support local action to support babies and their families. The meeting with chaired by Tim Loughton MP. A full recording of the discussion is available to watch…

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Queen’s Speech Briefing

This week the Queen’s Speech committed the Government to “ensuring children have the best start in life, prioritising their early years”. The First 1001 Days Movement welcomes this announcement. We must act now to put babies at the heart of major decisions on the restructure of public health, the Health and Care Bill and the…

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First 1001 Days Movement response to the Start for Life Vision

The Start for Life Review is a welcome government commitment to improve health and wellbeing in the First 1001 Days, from pregnancy to age two. It provides a solid evaluation of the services, workforce and leadership needed to improve outcomes during these formative years. As the document itself recognises, “The words on the page will not change what happens”, it…

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