Speaking up if you’re worried about child
Anyone who is concerned that a child is being abused or neglected should pick up the phone and contact our helpline.
Whether you work with children day-to-day or are just a concerned neighbour, having that conversation means we can help you protect children in abusive situations and get them the help they need.
Acting quickly to get children the right help
When children have been abused or neglected, we need to make sure they get more effective help, and quickly.
Taking action to protect children remains essential. It not only saves lives, but – with the right kind of support – we can help children recover and to go on to lead happier lives.
Better support for new parents and babies
Both mums and dads need good quality antenatal education to learn how to care for and bond with their babies, as well as the emotional aspects of parenting, relationship changes or mental illness such as postpartum depression.
Our spotlight report on perinatal health highlighted the need for appropriate help to be provided to families affected by mental illness immediately before and after giving birth. It revealed that a ‘postcode lottery’ currently determines whether mothers get the right help. Many do not, which has a devastating impact on them, their children and their families.
As a result of the report and subsequent influencing work, health minister Dan Poulter announced that there will be sufficient training to allow for a specialist mental health midwife in every birthing centre in England from 2017.
We’ve also worked with a cross-party group of MPs led by Andrea Leadsom MP to produce the 1001 Critical Days manifesto. The manifesto advocates the importance of evidence-based early intervention during pregnancy and infancy and promotes our Parents Under Pressure and Improving parenting, improving practice services.