All babies count: Prevention and protection for vulnerable babies - A review of the evidence

NSPCC has produced a report highlighting the importance of early intervention to help children get the best possible start in life. The report includes new analysis into the number of babies under one year who are affected by parental substance misuse, mental illness and domestic abuse which are all important risk factors for abuse and neglect. It sets out the evidence by drawing on research, consultation and original analysis to examine the disproportionate vulnerability of babies; the causes and consequences of infant abuse and neglect; and effective and promising interventions during pregnancy and the baby’s first year. Findings 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 violence 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

Published 2012-02-14