Together with over 60 members of the First 1001 Days Movement, we have written to the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, asking him to address the impacts of the pandemic on babies and their families, and to take longer-term action to ensure all our children have the best start in life.
The pandemic has been difficult for many families, with impacts on a range of factors that significantly contribute to child development. The letter points out that more than £3bn has been spent on mitigating the impact of the pandemic on older children, but nothing on those under two. We ask the Secretary of State to end the BabyBlindspot in Government's COVID-19 response and recovery plans.
The letter demands urgent action to ensure that babies’ health, wellbeing and safety is prioritised and that Government acts on its own commitment to “ensuring that children have the best start in life”. It describes three things that the Secretary of State should prioritise to make a significant difference:
You can read the full letter here