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First 1,001 Days: Special Report

Amid deep cuts to early years support, policymakers and practitioners are calling on the government to place greater emphasis on funding prevention services targeted at children in the first 1,001 days.

Special Report: Early Childhood Development

Policymakers and practitioners are boosting support for families in the most disadvantaged areas to help pre-school children develop the skills they need to thrive and reduce the attainment gap.

Baby P death 10 years on: the case's lasting impact on child protection

The death in 2007 of Peter Connelly resulted in a media furore over failures in his care. Child protection expert Ray Jones charts how a decade on the impact of the case can still be seen in safeguarding services

Relationships in the early years

Advice on commissioning evidence-based parenting interventions for the early years, from the Early Intervention Foundation.

Childhood trauma and offending

How improving awareness of childhood trauma can help practitioners rehabilitate young offenders

Lessons from serious case reviews: Childhood neglect

The NSPCC has analysed evidence from serious case reviews to identify learning. This issue we look at the risk factors and learning for improved practice around neglect of children and young people.

Attachment training for teachers

Adoption UK is leading a campaign to boost schools' awareness of the attachment needs of adopted children.

Cared-for learning

Emily Rogers looks at some innovative methods to raise the educational attainment of children in care, and reverse the damaging impact of adverse early life experiences on their ability to learn.

The policy context on Attachment and Neglect

In recent years there has been a growing recognition of the scale of child neglect, its long-term effect on children's wellbeing and how interventions can prevent and repair the damage caused to children's ability to form strong attachments with parents and carers.

Triumph over trauma

Family Futures offers intensive, long-term therapeutic help to those who have experienced trauma in their early lives. Charlotte Goddard examines how the agency turns round the lives of deeply damaged children

Strong parent attachments underpin drive to prevent baby deaths

Twenty babies on average die each year because of abuse and neglect. Meanwhile, 144,000 UK children under one have a parent with a mental health problem, 109,000 live with a parent who has an alcohol problem or uses class A drugs and 39,000 have a parent who has experienced domestic violence in the past year.

Good Practice

Liverpool service enhances parent-child attachment

Works with parents pre and postnatal.

Peer-support schemes build mothers' confidence

Engages vulnerable mothers in peer support programmes.

Scheme helps new parents take the leap to get support

Service specialises in parent-infant psychotherapy.

Inspections Clinic: School child neglect procedures

Updated government guidance aims to improve how schools respond to child neglect, reports Jo Stephenson. NSPCC expert outlines what schools should do to meet the new standards that Ofsted will inspect against.

Evidence and Impact: Preventing child neglect

The latest in a series of articles about emerging safeguarding practice looks at how the NSPCC develops evidence-based approaches to design systems and services to provide early help to prevent child neglect.

Lessons from Serious Case Reviews: Parental substance misuse

The NSPCC has analysed evidence from serious case reviews to identify learning. This issue summarises risk factors and lessons for improved practice around parental substance misuse.

Lifelong Links

Detailed searches are carried out to identify extended family for children in care.

New Orleans Intervention Model

Programme that emphasises young children's secure attachment with primary carers, which was developed in the US, and implemented by NSPCC in the UK.

Mulberry Bush Oxfordshire (MBOX) Teaching School

Works with education settings to adopt a "psychodynamic" approach to understand children's behaviour as a communication of unmet needs.

AdCAMHS, East Sussex

Therapeutic programme that supports adopted children and their adoptive families who are struggling emotionally.

Parents on the Ball

Programme revolving around local football clubs to boost parenting skills.

Neglect in early years can cause lasting brain damage

How neural frameworks that usually develop in young children in an ordinary family environment fail to develop properly in the absence of stimulation.



The Impact on Child Outcomes of Providing a Parenting Intervention Alongside Treatment for Post-natal Depression

Post-natal depression (PND) is estimated to affect 10-15 per cent of women in high-income countries, with higher rates in low- and middle-income countries.

The Impact of Neglect on Brain Development

Johanna Bick and Charles A. Nelson's 2017 paper provides a concise and accessible introduction to some of the main theories in brain development, prominent studies that have increased our understanding of the impact of early experiences on the brain, and research that indicates some of the most promising ways to ameliorate the impact of early adversity.

Supporting Parents and Infants Through the Healthy Child Programme

This is a comprehensive review of the latest evidence of relevance to the Healthy Child Programme.

Analysing Repeated Referrals to Children's Services in England

This study set out to discover the factors behind children receiving multiple referrals to local authority children's services. The analysis focused on 498,867 children referred during the financial year 2010/11.