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? campaigns for policies that promote prevention rather than intervention to protect the emotional well being of all children. It speaks for the emotional needs of under threes at All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG's) concerned with children, at the Early Childhood Forum, and Save Childhood Movement.
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? Celebrates 25th Anniversary
25 years is a real milestone for a charity which is entirely run by volunteers and financed through donations. What About The Children? has no religious or political affiliations nor does it represent any particular group of professionals. It is an organisation made up of people who share a concern about young children and have come together to speak out about the importance of ensuring babies and very young children's emotional need for consistent, loving care are met. Our message, increasingly confirmed by research, is that the period of development, from conception through the first 30 to 36 months, is key for future mental and physical health, social justice and economic stability.
What About The Children? will be celebrating 25 years at our conference on 8th March 2018, in the company of Professor Marian Bakermans-Kranenberg Professor of Child and Family Studies at Institute of Education and Child Studies at Leiden University, Dr Ronnie Cloke Browne, a Chemical Engineer and founder of CareerBreak People Ltd, Dr Susan Pawlby, a Developmental Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the Section of Perinatal Psychiatry at King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Sir John Timpson CBE, a businessman and chairman of Timpson and Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, a psychologist and research scientist.
What About The Children? 2018 National Conference
'The never-changing emotional needs of under threes'
Venue: The Royal Overseas League, London.
Date: Thursday 8th March 2018 10:30 – 4:30
Early Bird Discount Booked by 12th January 2018 £75,
2nd delegate from same organisation £40
To book a place and read more about our conference speakers Click here.
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.