Supporting parents

Trained practitioners, like Nikki, help parents facing difficulties give their babies the best start in life. But this is only possible because of donations from people like you.

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Babies don’t come with instructions – but pregnancy and the first months of a child’s life are crucial and lay the foundations for their future. That’s why we help new parents who need support.

Donations from people like you mean trained practitioners like Nikki can help parents give their babies the best start in life.

Here Nikki shares the story that’s stayed with her of how she helped a couple prepare for what life would be like with a baby.

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Baby Steps

How does it work?

Our trained practitioners like Nikki help parents give their babies the best start in life. 

Baby Steps is for parents in the run up to the birth of their baby and afterwards. It’s designed to help prepare people for becoming parents, not just for the birth itself.

Our evaluation of Baby Steps showed that parents feel better equipped to provide sensitive, responsive care to their babies. It also gave them new knowledge that prepared them for parenthood and helped them to feel more confident as parents.

Now that we know Baby Steps is effective in helping new parents we're currently working with partner organisations, helping them deliver Baby Steps to the families they work with in communities across the country.

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“So many families are on their own who don’t have extended families, who don’t have parents that they can rely on, very often families are quite isolated, and I think it’s really, really important that there’s somewhere they can go, feel safe, because I think if the parents are feeling good in themselves, it can really have a huge impact on the role that they play parenting their children.”

Nikki / Baby Steps practitioner

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About us

Learn more about what we do and how our amazing practitioners and volunteers work, every day, to make child abuse a thing of the past.

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