What About The Children?

What About The Children?

Charity information

What About The Children?

Founded in 1994 during the after-shock of the Bulger experience, What About The Children? Is a small national charity working to promote a better understanding of a child’s physical, emotional and mental development in the very early years.

The charity works with academics, healthcare professionals and policy-makers in government.

If we can get the first three years right:
• Children will grow through the rest of their childhood into healthy, happy and productive adults
• Parents and carers, will be reassured they’re doing the right thing and be both proud and happy with the results
• Society will benefit from a generation of positive, productive, and well-integrated young people.
• There is the potential for huge savings to the economy and to government spending.

We know that a child’s experience in the first three years of life shapes its future out of all proportion to the rest of childhood. The brain grows to 90% of adult size by the age of three. From neurobiological research we know that during the earliest months of life the right hemisphere of the brain is developing particularly rapidly. This is the functioning area for intuitive skills needed for relationships, emotions and empathic understanding. During this period the majority of the synaptic links between the brain cells are formed; constant, close, loving emotional contact is vital for stimulating this synaptic development.
The work of the charity includes:
• maintaining our website www. Whataboutthechildren. Org. Uk This provides a range of information and advice, reading lists, our research summaries, our conference papers and publications.
• hosting an annual national conferences and biennial Goodman Lecture. These are registered for continuous professional development (CPD) The themes of the most recent include, “2009 “21st Century Babies: the joys and challenges for parents and society”, 2010 “What is critical for a young child’s healthy emotional development”. 2011 “What babies need their parents to know”

Founded 1994