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First 1000 days of life inquiry launched

31 July 2018

The Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into the first 1000 days of a child's life.

Early years important to child’s health and development

The early years of a child's life from pregnancy to age 2 are vital to their physical, mental and emotional health and development.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conception to Age 2 highlighted the importance of this in its Build Great Britons report:

“In an ideal world, all children should be wanted, nurtured, loved, protected and valued by emotionally available and sensitively responsive parents. Such an environment allows the child to develop in the most optimal way, with emotional wellbeing, capacity to form and maintain relationships, healthy brain and language development leading onto cognitive development, school readiness and lifelong learning.”

According to the report, providing positive childhood experiences during their early years could reduce the following later in life:

  • hard drug use by 59%
  • incarceration by 53% 
  • violence by 51% 
  • unplanned teen pregnancies by 38%

Inquiry details

The inquiry will focus on:

  • national strategy
  • current spending and barriers to investment
  • local service provision 

Submit your views

To investigate the above issues further, the Health and Social Care Committee want to hear your views. We welcome submissions from anyone who is interested in health and social care.

Written submission deadline: Friday 7 September 2018.

We are interested in evidence on:

National strategy

  • priorities for a national strategy, based on evidence from other countries, particularly devolved administrations
  • current roles, responsibilities and functions across central government, and other public bodies for the first 1000 days of life, and suggestions for how these could be more effective

Current spending and barriers to investment

  • recent public spending on services for the first 1000 days of life
  • difficulties in getting national and local investment

Local service provision

  • the scale and current performance of services provided for the first 1000 days of life
  • barriers to delivery (e.g. workforce shortages and financial constraints on councils)
  • what you think a quality, evidence-based approach to service provision looks like

Find out more about our first 1000 days of life inquiry.

Call for evidence from local councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups

We would also like local councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to give evidence on service provision in England and the factors that influence it.

Written submission deadline: Friday 7 September 2018.

If you are a representative of a local council or CCG in England, we are interested in:

  • how commissioners in your area have prioritised the first 1000 days of life
  • how services for the first 1000 days have been introduced in your area and how this could be improved
  • gaps in local service provision
  • barriers to providing the best outcomes for children in your area
  • how you assess whether the provision in your area is improving outcomes - with partners and as an organisation
  • how provision of services has changed in the last decade - what have you been involved in changing
  • examples of service provision in your area that you think are innovative or best practice 

Further information

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