Research confirms that a child's experience in the first three years of life shape its future - out of all proportion to the rest of childhood. A secure primary attachment relationship is the main protective factor due to the impact it has on the developing brain. When a child's first 3 years are right, it brings huge benefits not just for the child but for the whole of society.
Scientific research is convincing in its message that the first three years of life shape a child's physical, emotional and mental development – for good or bad – out of proportion to the rest of childhood. What About The Children? is a voice for children too young to speak out about their emotional needs themselves.
What About The Children? speaks out for the emotional needs of children under three who are too young to speak for themselves. We publish a monthly Blog and you can followed us on Twitter@WATCthechildren
Young children, who are nurtured, talked to and played with attentively by a constant, sensitive and responsive carer – most often, but not always, the mother – with other caring adults as secondary attachment figures, will almost invariably thrive.
We campaign to ensure children receive consistent, responsive loving care in their earliest years critical for optimum brain development and long term physical and mental health.
What About the Children? brings together academics and practitioners at its annual conference & bi ennnial Goodman lectures on a broad range of aspects of early child development. Past conference papers can be downloaded here.
What About the Children? searches out current scientific research in neuroscience, psychology, biology and the medical sciences, selecting research that provide new insights into early life experiences. We summarise these academic papers for the wider professional community and others interested in children's well being.
Our Research Summaries are grouped by the year the research was published.
What About The Children? National Conference September 2020
This year What About The Children?'s 2020 conference is an online series of four webinars
To book please click the link to Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-about-the-children-national-conference-2020-tickets-111737052532
Cost is £20 for the series of 4 webinars
Conference title: What about the children? – a critical question in a time of change.
Speakers: Dr Anna Machin, Dr Sebastian Kraemer, Mandy Cuttler, Prof. Sonia Jackson
For more information about the speakers and their presentations please go to the 2020 Conference Page.
What About The Children? is looking for new trustees
What About The Children? is a small registered charity with national influence and profile. It is looking to recruit new people who share its commitment to preventing emotional harm to children too young to speak for themselves. Click the link to read more or leave a Voicemail on 0845 602 7145 to arrange an informal discussion. Click here for the application form.
Social Media Marketer
What About The Children? needs a Social Media Marketer to develop a compelling social media strategy and help us inform the wider public about the fascinating science of infant brain development and the importance of secure infant/ parent attachment for long term physical and mental health.
Andrea Leadsom MP appointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to chair a major new review of early years services on behalf of the Government.
What About The Children? welcomes this announcement this week and the glimmer of hope that it will lead to a real shift in government approach to children and their families. There is no lack of evidence about the benefits of secure infant/parent attachment, the importance of a babies' first 1001 days and stable family to prevent adverse childhood experiences. Nelson Mandela said 'Each of us as citizens, has a role to play in creating a better world for our children'. What About The Children? looks forward to a long term integrated government strategy across government, with a clear focus on ensuring the emotional wellbeing of babies and their families.
What About The Children? relies entirely on its supporters for funding and on the hard work of its committed volunteers.
Help us get the important message about emotional needs and early brain development out to even more people.
What About The Children?, a small national charity, brings together people from a range of backgrounds and expertise who have come together to campaign on behalf of the emotional needs of children too young to speak for themselves. The charity is independent with no political or religious affiliations.