All Babies Count: prevention and protection for vulnerable babies Early intervention is needed to help give babies the best start in life

Baby in a garden playing Our reseach highlights the importance of early intervention to help children get the best possible start in life.

The disproportionate vulnerability of babiesIt sets out the evidence drawn from research, consultation and original analysis to examine:

  • the causes and consequences of infant abuse and neglect
  • and effective and promising interventions during pregnancy and the baby’s first year.

The report includes new analysis into the number of babies under 1 year who are affected by parental substance misuse, mental illness and domestic abuse which are all important risk factors for abuse and neglect.

Authors: Chris Cuthbert, Gwynne Rayns and Kate Stanley
Published: 2011

Key findings of All Babies Count report include:

  • 19,500 babies under one year old are living with a parent who has used Class A drugs in the last year
  • 39,000 babies under one year live in households affected by domestic abuse in the last year
  • 93,500 babies under one year live with a parent who is a problem drinker
  • 144,000 babies under one year live with a parent who has a common mental health problem
Forward 4
Executive summary 5
Imperative: One chance for a generation 11
Insight: Maltreatment in pregnancy and infancy 19
Impact: Effective and promising practice 33
Impetus: One chance in a generation 41
Glossary 52
Method and acknowledgements 54
Four nations policy calls and policy context 55
Notes and references 65

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