On 3rd February a new campaign will be launched to raise awareness of the impact of the pandemic and lockdown on babies and their families. #LittleGoodDeed will encourage communities to reach out to families with young children and will also signpost the professional support available to families. You can read more about the campaign here, and we will share more resources ahead of the launch next week. Here is the website link.
On 19th January the 1001 Days Movement launched the Working for Babies report about how local systems worked for babies and their families during the pandemic. The report presents a varied picture across the UK, with evidence that:
- “hidden harms” of the Spring lockdown on 0-2s were broad and significant, and experienced unevenly depending on family circumstances and background.
- historically inadequate or insecure funding, and a rising tide of need, has inhibited the ability of some services and areas to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
- there were often ‘baby blind-spots’ where babies’ needs were overlooked in policy, planning and funding.
The report has been well-received, with some helpful coverage in the national and sector press and mentions in Parliament. We are very grateful to First 1001 Days Movement members for sharing important messages – This is one of many TACTYC collaborations. Thank you to all our members for sharing key info!