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.

AdvocacyAs part of our work as advocates for the emotional needs of children under three, What About The Children? attends the First 1001 Critical Days APPG at the House of Commons. The APPG, chaired by Tim Loughton MP, initiated an inquiry which is due to report in February 2015. What About The Children? submitted written evidence to the inquiry panel on the topic of Infant Mental Health, 'Evidence for Enquiry: factors affecting optimal development' Ulanowsky, C. Pereira Gray, D. 2014.

The paper which engages with three primary questions:
'What causal factors influence the incidence of poor mental health?'
'What factors promote good mental health?'
'How can we mitigate against risk factors to ensure optimal development?'
It argues the compelling case that children's needs should drive policy.

  • Evidence for Enquiry: factors affecting optimal development
    Ulanowsky, C. Pereira Gray, D. 2014

pdfEvidence for Enquiry: factors affecting optimal development

The care of infants and young children after their parents separate is fraught with controversy. These papers provide important information for those involved with making decisions on behalf – of children too young to speak for themselves. At all levels of decision making it is important that developmentally sensitive resolutions, that protect both the vulnerabilities of early childhood and support life-long parent-child relationships, are considered.

  • Parental separation and overnight care of young children: Consensus through Theoretical and Empirical Integration: Part I
    Marsha Kline Pruett1,2, Jennifer E. McIntosh & Joan B. Kelly3

pdfParental separation and overnight care of young children Part 1

  • Parental Separation and overnight care of young children, Part II: Putting theory into practice.
    Jennifer E. McIntosh1, Marsha Kline Pruett & Joan B. Kelly2

pdfParental separation and overnight care of young children Part 2

What About The Children? is one of an alliance of supporters, including MPs and Ministers from the coalition parties and opposition, charities, community groups, academics, think tanks and professional experts working towards the goal to reduce child maltreatment by 70% by the year 2030
http://www.wavetrust.org/our-work/campaigns/7030-campaign

What About The Children? is a member of ECF and worked on drafting the Charter for Early Childhood. The Early Childhood Forum (ECF) brings together membership organisations from across the early childhood sector to debate issues, celebrate differences and develop consensus.

pdfThe Early Childhood Forum – Charter for Early Childhood

Nurseries told: 'stop separating young children by age' - Article in The Daily Telegraph 2nd September 2014

Letter published - the Guardian 18th August 2014

pdfGuardian 18th August 2014