We need to rethink our approach to the mental health needs of babies and young children in care, says Peter Wanless
The first few years of life are critical for brain development. Babies and young children are particularly vulnerable to the impact of abuse and neglect. But they are also the most responsive to treatment.
Babies and young children in care are some of the most vulnerable children in society. Many will already have had poor care, in the womb or during their first experiences of life.
Abuse and neglect can derail a young child’s development, but in order to prevent further damage, and help repair damage already done, babies need consistent, nurturing and secure relationships with their parents or carers.