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World Social Work Day with Therapeutic Practitioner Freya Gruffydd-Jones

For World Social Work Day 2024, we sat down with Freya Gruffydd-Jones, one of our Therapeutic Practitioners at The For Baby’s Sake Trust. Ahead of joining the Trust, Freya was a social worker, and brings a unique insight into the ways in which our work intersects with the social care sector. Read on to learn more. 

Freya, can you tell us more about your journey from being a social worker to becoming a Therapeutic Practitioner at The For Baby’s Sake Trust?

Transitioning from social work to being a Therapeutic Practitioner at The For Baby’s Sake Trust has been an exciting journey. While I did love my time as a social worker, I felt drawn to a more therapeutic approach in working with families. I strongly believe that building trust is a key factor in helping people make positive changes. Sometimes that was a struggle in my previous role as I often wasn’t in families lives for as long, and I do think there is often an initial distrust of social workers which can take time to unpick with families.

I’m excited that this role allows me to focus more on offering that therapeutic support, and the programme gives space to work intensively with families to build that trust, along with the time needed to enable change for children and families.

What motivated you to begin your career as a social worker? 

Before training as a social worker, I had actually been working as an accountant for a few years so it was quite the career change! I was lacking a sense of reward from my job, and it did not feel aligned with my values. I was also volunteering in the community at the time, which opened my eyes to the issues families were facing.

I was motivated by a strong sense of inequality seeing that many parents faced unfair barriers to providing the best for their children, and the belief that everyone should have equal opportunities.

Social work seemed like a good way to make a tangible difference.

How do you integrate your background in social work into your current role?

My experience in social work has taught me a lot about the issues families deal with, especially in situations involving domestic abuse. This work gave me an awareness of intergenerational trauma, with parents often speaking about their childhood experiences of abuse, and I could see that this was driving the cycle to continue. 

I developed knowledge and understanding about the needs of children and the impacts of domestic abuse, seeing first-hand the challenges it created for care experienced children as they developed into adulthood. 

As well as integrating this knowledge into my new role, more importantly it is the empathy and compassion I developed which gives me the non-judgemental, strength-focused position which I think is essential for supporting lasting change in this context.

Could you share a memorable experience or case that you’re most proud of from your time as a social worker? 

One that comes to mind is actually a family I worked with alongside For Baby’s Sake therapeutic practitioners. We were working with parents expecting their first baby together, where there had been several police call outs to incidents of domestic abuse during the pregnancy. 

The father had been in care for most of his childhood, with lots of police involvement throughout his teens and early adulthood, and he had an older child who he did not have contact with. It would have been easy for professionals to make judgements about their ability to change and create a safe environment for their child, but it was so refreshing to see For Baby’s Sake therapeutic practitioners also showing belief in change and consistency to the father even when he was struggling to engage initially. 

We focused on the strengths of both parents and how to build on these to create safety, as well as involving their wider support network so they felt confident to manage. The baby stayed in the care of mum, with dad having regular contact without conflict. The changes he demonstrated also led to dad having contact with his older child.

I think listening to both parents, and showing that we believed things could be different had a really powerful effect, and For Baby’s Sake taught them so many practical tools to manage difficult situations and build their confidence. I felt really proud of where the family got to.

What do you think sets The For Baby’s Sake Trust apart in terms of its approach to supporting families and children?

As a social worker, I found it striking how many families I worked with were affected by domestic abuse, it is a really prevalent issue. While there are some great services which provide support to women affected by abuse, I have found that there are limited interventions which provide genuine opportunity for change in people who use abusive behaviours.

The For Baby’s Sake Trust is really leading the way with their approach, the programme being based on research around the impact of trauma, and how to help parents overcome this to break cycles of abuse. 

As a social worker I often felt this type of support would have such a huge impact on parents I worked with, so I think it’s amazing that For Baby’s Sake exists and I am now involved in bringing this support to parents!

What advice would you give to aspiring social workers? 

Change takes time, and as a social worker you don’t always get that satisfying feeling of seeing a huge change happen every day. I think this is hard for social workers, as most people have joined the profession because they want to make a difference.

I would say to aspiring social workers that you need to remember that you are making a difference every day even if you can’t always see a huge shift, the things that you and others do and say to families do add up and have an impact over time.

I’d also say don’t underestimate the importance of looking after yourself, it’s easy to burn out. I heard a saying – “you can’t pour from an empty cup” which has really stuck with me.

Looking ahead, what specific policy measures would you like to see introduced to improve social care? 

Lots of Local Authorities are struggling to provide the services families need with limited resources, so I think additional funding for the sector would make a big difference. 

I think there’s a need for policy changes that prioritise preventative interventions – both within social care and for organisations like The For Baby’s Sake Trust, which can work alongside social workers and other professionals to help address inequalities and make sure all families have the best chance of thriving.

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Four ways to donate to The For Baby’s Sake Trust and Make Efficient Use of Your Money

Want to support a fantastic cause and make the best use of your money before year end

You can do both with The For Baby’s Sake Trust.

If you want to act before 5 April, 2024, then here are four ways to donate to The For Baby’s Sake Trust:

Make an online donation and combine with Gift Aid 

Donate online:Every penny helps us provide therapeutic, trauma-informed support to babies and families facing domestic abuse. 

Boost your donation with Gift Aid:The government adds extra cash on top of your donation.

Here’s how it works: 

  • Visit The For Baby’s Sake Trust website 
  • Click “Support Us”
  • Choose your donation amount(every penny counts!). 
  • Tick the “Gift Aid” box (the government tops up your donation). 

Bonus tip: You can make a one-off donation or become a super-donor with regular monthly gifts. 

Make a gift through Payroll Giving 

If your employer offers the scheme, you don’t pay any income tax on gifts to The For Baby’s Sake Trust, as the gift is made before that tax is deducted from your pay. 

Donate property or shares

  • Save on Inheritance Tax: Gifting property or shares to the Trust means that you qualify for full charitable exemption for the full value of the gift, either at the time of the gift or on your death. 
  • Save on Income Tax: Deduct the value of your gift from your taxable income.
  • Save on Capital Gains Tax: No need to worry about this tax if the value of your gift has increased since you acquired it. 

Leave a gift in your will 

Like gifts made in the form of property or shares, gifts made to The For Baby’s Sake Trust in your will are free of inheritance tax. And, if you gift 10% or more of your net estate to The For Baby’s Sake Trust, the inheritance tax paid on the remainder of the estate is reduced by 4%, from 40% to 36% – this can be a substantial saving. 

You can find some guidance on how to leave a gift to The For Baby’s Sake Trust at Remember A Charity or by working with your solicitor.  

Donate today and make a real difference to young lives.

Remember: If you have any questions, consult a professional advisor. They can help you navigate the details. 

 

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Celebrating World Book Day 2024

As we mark World Book Day, we’re reminded of the incredible power of literature to inform, inspire, and transform lives. 

At The For Baby’s Sake Trust, books, research, and evidence form the cornerstone of our practice, programme, and commitment to systemic change. 

Here’s a glimpse into some of the impactful reads, recommended by our team, that shape our work:

 

1. Shame by Annie Ernaux Annie Ernaux delves into the complex emotion of shame, exploring its origins, manifestations, and effects on individuals and societies.

2. Emotional Inheritance by Galit Atlas Galit Atlas delves into the intricate interplay between generations, examining how emotions are passed down through family lines, shaping identities and relationships.

3. What my Bones Know by Stephanie Foo Stephanie Foo offers insights into the body’s wisdom, exploring how trauma and experiences are stored within our bones and influence our behaviours and perceptions.

4. The Myth of Normal by Gabor Mate Gabor Mate challenges conventional notions of normalcy, exposing the societal constructs that define it and advocating for a more compassionate understanding of human variation.

5. Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown Brene Brown encourages readers to embrace their true selves and stand courageously in their authenticity, even in the face of isolation and rejection.

6. The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris Nadine Burke Harris uncovers the far-reaching impacts of childhood adversity on health and wellbeing, emphasising the importance of early intervention and trauma-informed care.

7. Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors by Janina Fisher Janina Fisher offers a comprehensive guide to understanding and healing the fragmented aspects of self that result from trauma, integrating neuroscience and therapeutic techniques.

8. It’s Not Your Fault by Alex Howard Alex Howard provides compassionate guidance for overcoming self-blame and reclaiming agency in one’s life journey towards healing and growth.

9. Waking the Tiger by Peter A. Levine Peter A. Levine explores the innate resilience of the human body and mind, offering tools for releasing trauma and restoring balance to the nervous system.

10. Recovery is my Best Revenge by Caroline Spring Caroline Spring shares her personal journey of overcoming adversity and finding empowerment through resilience and self-discovery.

11. Recovery of your Inner Child by Lucia Capacchione Lucia Capacchione guides readers on a transformative journey of reconnecting with and nurturing their inner child, fostering healing and wholeness.

12. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk Bessel Van Der Kolk illuminates the profound impact of trauma on the body and brain, offering insights into innovative approaches to healing and recovery.

13. Working with Shame by Christiane Sanderson Christiane Sanderson provides practical strategies for therapists and practitioners working with shame, promoting healing and self-compassion.

14. The Warrior Within by Christiane Sanderson Christiane Sanderson empowers survivors of abuse to reclaim their strength and resilience, tapping into the warrior spirit within to overcome adversity.

15. Healing the Shame that Binds You by Dan Hughes Dan Hughes offers a roadmap for breaking free from the shackles of shame, fostering self-acceptance and connection in relationships.

16. Building the Bonds of Attachment by Dan Hughes Dan Hughes explores the vital importance of secure attachment in early development and offers insights into repairing attachment bonds in children and families.

17. The Good Life by Robert Waldinger Robert Waldinger shares findings from the Harvard Study of Adult Development, revealing the keys to a fulfilling life and meaningful relationships.

18. Hold on to your Kids by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate explore the impact of peer orientation on parenting and offer guidance for nurturing strong parent-child attachments in a digital age.

19. Motivational Interviewing by Millar & Rollnick Miller & Rollnick provide a practical guide to motivational interviewing, a collaborative approach to facilitating behaviour change and promoting positive outcomes.

20. How Are You Feeling Today Baby Bear? by Jane Evans Jane Evans sensitively addresses children’s emotional wellbeing through the story of Baby Bear, offering valuable insights and tools for supporting young ones through challenging emotions.

21. Domestic Violence Protecting Children by Nicky Stanley & Cathy Humphreys Nicky Stanley and Cathy Humphreys offer a comprehensive guide to understanding and responding to domestic violence, with a focus on safeguarding children and promoting recovery.

22. John Timpson’s books on Attachment, Parenting and Child Development Freely available from Timpson shops and written to educate parents, teachers and the public on how attachment can affect the lives of children, young people and adults, and what can be helpful to build and maintain emotional health and resilience. The books are filled with illustrations to make them quick and easy to understand, and are based on John Timpson’s experience of caring for children as a foster carer and what he learnt about the neuroscience.

These books have enriched our understanding and informed our approach as we strive to create positive futures for families.

As we celebrate World Book Day, let’s honour the transformative power of literature and commit to harnessing it for positive change.

 
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Press Release: Maternal Health Matters

The For Baby’s Sake Trust Launches New Initiative for Mother’s Day 2024, Campaigning for Emotional Safety Plans to be Implemented in Maternity Units Across the UK

The For Baby’s Sake Trust, a charity dedicated to breaking cycles of domestic abuse and giving babies the best start in life, announces the launch of their ‘Maternal Health Matters’ campaign ahead of Mother’s Day 2024. As maternal mortality rates in the UK reach a two-decade high (according to data from MBRRACE-UK), the Trust is partnering with the Institute of Health Visitors, Best Beginnings and St Michaels Fellowship to advocate for practical action to ensure every parent feels safe, heard and supported, including the use of Emotional Safety Plans in every Maternity Unit across the country.  

"Maternal health is a huge concern that needs immediate attention. The 'Maternal Health Matters' campaign is a significant step towards acknowledging the challenges parents and healthcare professionals face and encourages everyone to work together to provide comprehensive, accessible care that ensures the mother and baby, and their well-being, are the priority."
Dame Lin Homer
Chair of The For Baby's Sake Trust

Launching on Mother’s Day 2024, the ‘Maternal Health Matters’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the alarming rise in maternal mortality rates and offers solutions to the resounding calls of parents and professionals to feel heard. Central to their campaign is the Trust’s Emotional Safety Plans, developed with Best Beginnings, which expectant parents (and family, friends and birth companions) can use to record what they need to feel emotionally safe before, during and after birth.  

The campaign also emphasises a whole family approach and shines a light on the importance of providing emotional support to fathers and partners as they also go through the journey of pregnancy and parenting, with Emotional Safety Plans available for completion by anyone who needs them during pregnancy, birth and beyond.  

“The Emotional Safety Plan tool is for anyone preparing for the birth of a baby. You can use it to record what you may need to feel safe emotionally and how midwives and other professionals can be supportive by their words, actions and making sure you feel heard. It is especially useful for those who have had difficult or traumatic experiences in the past, or on the way to becoming a parent.”
Judith Rees
Director of Operations at The For Baby’s Sake Trust

The campaign further aims to underscore the stark reality of disproportionate maternal mortality rates, particularly affecting Black and Asian women in the UK (according to a report by MBRRACE-UK). Recognising the urgency of addressing this disparity, The For Baby’s Sake Trust advocates for a holistic approach to maternal health with careful consideration of the barriers to parents feeling heard, and physically and emotionally safe birth experiences for all parents. 

"We are calling for immediate, positive action to address maternal mortality rates. We want to ensure all parents feel that their physical and emotional needs are met and are confident they will be listened to. The 'Maternal Health Matters' campaign is a call to action, urging society to recognise the critical need for collective action to address this issue. Alongside this, we’re calling for Emotional Safety Plans to be embedded in every maternity unit across the UK, ensuring the well-being of parents and professionals during this vulnerable period."
Lauren Seager-Smith
CEO of The For Baby's Sake Trust

Alongside the Emotional Safety Plans for parents, the Trust has also developed tools to support the emotional health of midwives and other professionals on the front line, in response to the pressure on maternity and perinatal services. The Trust implores that the dedication and care of those on the front line cannot be underestimated, and it is vital that they receive the emotional support they need.   

The Emotional Safety Plans aim to share what parents need to feel safe, and to thrive; an issue of direct concern to the Trust’s aims of breaking cycles of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is an alarming maternal health issue. As highlighted by research by The Royal College of Midwives, and The For Baby’s Sake Trust’s work with families, the domestic abuse risk is heightened during pregnancy. Not only is domestic abuse more likely to begin or escalate during pregnancy, but it has significant negative health implications for pregnant women and their babies, with potentially far-reaching intergenerational consequences.  

Feedback from parents using the Emotional Safety Plan report a greater sense of self-agency, feeling safer and feeling heard and understood by the different professionals supporting them.

Ahead of campaign launch, The For Baby’s Sake Trust has also submitted to the Birth Trauma Inquiry, established by the APPG on Birth Trauma. The Trust welcomes intentions to reduce the rate of birth trauma and emphasises that their Emotional Safety Plans can help to address this issue. There will also be a webinar hosted on 16 April 2024 by The For Baby’s Sake Trust team to bring influential voices in the maternal health and birth trauma space together, and to guide professionals and parents through the tool. More details will be released at a later date.  

The ‘Maternal Health Matters’ campaign runs from Mother’s Day 2024 until 16 April 2024. To learn more, please head to www.forbabyssake.org.uk/maternalhealthmatters  

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Emotional Safety Plans: what they are, and how to use them

Take a deep dive into our Emotional Safety Plans, developed with Best Beginnings.

The Emotional Safety Plans share what parents need to feel safe, and to thrive. Read on to learn more.

Our Emotional Safety Plans for Parents

The Emotional Safety Plan is an empowerment and self-agency tool for anyone preparing for the birth of a baby.  It can be used by expectant mothers, fathers, co-parents, or non-birthing partners, individually or together, making support available to the whole family.  Those using it can record what they may need to feel listened to, including preferences about how they are spoken to, or how options and choices are explained, so they can process, recognise and manage their feelings, to feel safe before, during and after birth.  

The Emotional Safety Plan differs from a birth plan by focusing on how to keep yourself emotionally safe, including how the birth journey may evoke difficult feelings and how professionals can be supportive by their words and actions to ensure that parents feel heard, seen and understood.  The tool also prompts parents to consider how the physical environment may affect their emotional wellbeing, e.g. lighting, noise levels, any items that it would be helpful – or unhelpful – to have nearby, or requests not to return to rooms where they experienced previous birth trauma.  

 

Our Emotional Safety Plans for Professionals

The For Baby’s Sake Trust has created parallel Emotional Safety Plan tools for professionals, especially to support midwives, maternity and perinatal care staff who have an essential role in supporting parents, families and non-birthing partners to feel safe before, during and after birth. 

Providing this care can be emotional and can have an impact on the wellbeing and emotional safety of those providing care. Developing an emotional safety plan can help midwives and other healthcare professionals to establish strategies for emotional self-care, manage stress, and build resilience to maintain emotional and mental wellbeing. Acknowledging their own emotional safety needs can empower professionals to support those receiving their care to feel safe. 

Maternity or perinatal professionals and providers of care across wide-ranging discipline can use these versions of the Emotional Safety Plan to support their practice and professional and personal resilience. One way of using it is as a tool in reflective supervision or as a debriefing tool following a difficult or emotionally challenging labour or period of care.  The templates for professionals are accompanied by a guidance note with tips on how to use them.  We have also produced a briefing paper on emotional safety planning for professionals, in the context of emotional labour, and pointing to the Emotional Safety Plans as user-friendly, visual tools for identifying and communicating emotional needs. 

 

All the Emotional Safety Plan templates and guidance for parents and professionals, plus the animated film can be accessed here 

The tools for parents, guidance and animated film can also be accessed here via Baby Buddy, the NHS-approved pregnancy and parenting app created by Best Beginnings.  

 

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Make The For Baby’s Sake Trust your Charity of the Year!

By choosing us as your Charity of the Year, you can make a huge impact on the support we can provide families across the UK to break cycles of domestic abuse and give babies the best start in life.

There are many benefits of supporting The For Baby’s Sake Trust as your Charity of the Year. Domestic abuse has a devastating ripple effect across families, generations, and society. The For Baby’s Sake Trust, and our flagship programme For Baby’s Sake, is transforming lives. By supporting The For Baby’s Sake Trust through Charity of the Year, your business will help us raise awareness of For Baby’s Sake, and fund direct support to babies and families impacted by domestic abuse across the UK.

When you choose The For Baby’s Sake Trust as your Charity of the Year, you will:
  • Offer further tangible evidence of your dedication to ethical business and corporate social responsibility
  • Improve reach and audience via shared brand awareness, marketing value, and storytelling via our social media channels
  • Demonstrate your commitment to parenting and family life within your own organisation, with opportunity for staff to participate in tailored workshops and access our resources
  • Join a growing network of highly connected and high-value businesses

If you choose The For Baby’s Sake Trust as Charity of the Year, we’ll work with you to tailor the relationship to your business. Learn more about becoming a supporter here. 

Our supporters come from a broad network of businesses and individuals that are committed to making families safer, healthier, and happier. No matter your sponsorship level, your support through Charity of the Year will change the lives of babies and families across the UK and help to break cycles of domestic abuse.

Keen to find out more about Charity of the Year?

Please reach out to our fundraising team to explore our partnership opportunities. Email fundraising@forbabyssake.org.uk to get started.

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“Government’s Baby Blind Spot must end” say First 1001 Days members

The For Baby’s Sake Trust is one of over 60 First 1001 Days member organisations who have today jointly 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, including domestic abuse.  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. 

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 also describes three things that the Secretary of State should prioritise to make a significant difference:

  1. Securing funding in the upcoming Spending Review to deliver the Government’s Best Start for Life vision.
  2.  Setting out clear expectations in the Health and Care Bill that local partners will cooperate in order to improve outcomes and reducing inequalities for children in the first 1001 days.
  3. Ensure that the new Office of Health Promotion can intervene when a local area is not delivering the Healthy Child Programme or is experiencing poor, declining, or unequal outcomes in the first 1001 days, providing additional support and resources where needed.

The letter has been signed by 64 charities and supporter organisations including the Parent-Infant Foundation, NSPCC, NCT, Action for Children and Home-Start UK.

Read the letter in full here.

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Parents describe the impact of For Baby’s Sake in new animated film

The For Baby’s Sake Trust is releasing a new animated film, “The Impact”, where mothers and fathers tell their stories, in their own voices, of how For Baby’s Sake has empowered them to break cycles of domestic abuse and create a better future for themselves and their baby.  

(You can watch the film here.)

The film is being released to coincide with two major international conferences which feature the learning from For Baby’s Sake, as the first known programme globally to work with both parents, from pregnancy until the baby’s second birthday, where there is domestic abuse.

The For Baby’s Sake Symposium, taking place within the World Association of Infant Mental Health Congress (WAIMH 20201, Brisbane, Australia and online, 22-26 June) is the major event on domestic abuse within the WAIMH2021 online programme.

For this WAIMH2021 symposium, The For Baby’s Sake Trust’s senior leadership team is joined by Dr Kylee Trevillion and Dr Jill Domoney from King’s College London, who led the evaluation of For Baby’s Sake, and Australia’s leading experts on infant mental health and domestic abuse, Dr Wendy Bunston and Kathy Eyre. 

The Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit (Titanic Belfast and online, 21-23 June) brings together the world’s leading experts on trauma and trauma recovery, including Bessel van der Kolk and Gabor Mate.  The For Baby’s Sake Trust is honoured to have been invited to present an online workshop at the Summit.

At the Trauma Recovery Summit, Amanda McIntyre, CEO and Judith Rees, Operational Director, share the learning from how For Baby’s Sake integrates trauma-informed approaches to breaking cycles of domestic abuse and childhood trauma with attachment-focused parenting interventions, notably Video Interaction Guidance.

Their workshop at the Summit incorporates the premiere showing of seven new films, produced by BAAFTA award-winning film director, Emma Lazenby and the ForMed films team.  In each of the first six films, parents describe a particular dimension of For Baby’s Sake.  In the last film, ‘The Impact,’ parents share some overall feelings about the difference  that For Baby’s Sake has made to them and their baby. As a preview, The For Baby’s Sake Trust has put this last film,  ‘The Impact’, on general release, on its website and youtube channel.

Judith Rees, Director of Operations at The For Baby’s Sake Trust, said,

“To understand how For Baby’s Sake works and the impact for parents and their babies, listen to the mothers and fathers in our new animated film. We are grateful to them for telling their stories and proud of what they are achieving.

“We are thrilled to share the learning from For Baby’s Sake with the World Association of Infant Mental Health and at the prestigious Trauma Recovery Summit.  It is especially meaningful that the parents who work with us can speak directly to these audiences, in their own voices, through our powerful new films and recordings.”

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70 experts urge Parliament to address the “baby blind spot” in the Domestic Abuse Bill and Statutory Guidance

We are urging Parliament to address the ‘baby blind spot’ in the Domestic Abuse Bill and Statutory Guidance. A letter to Government (read here) signed by 70 experts, professional bodies and public and voluntary sector organisations makes the case.

The letter, coordinated by The For Baby’s Sake Trust, the Institute of Health Visiting, the First 1001 Days Movement, calls on Government and Parliament to strengthen the legislation and guidance to meet the early development and safeguarding needs of babies and empower their parents to break the cycle.

We are urging Parliament to accept amendments tabled by Baroness Stroud and co-signed by  Baroness Armstrong, Baroness Finlay and Lord Mackay, demonstrating cross-party support.  

The first 1001 days until a baby’s second birthday is a period of uniquely rapid development, when babies are particularly susceptible to their environment.  Domestic abuse during this time is harmful and can affect parents’ ability to give their baby the best start.  30% of domestic abuse starts in pregnancy.

Amendments are essential to the Domestic Abuse Bill and Statutory Guidance to recognise the impact of domestic abuse on babies, including exposure in utero, and to meet the needs of babies and parents during the first 1001 days before babies reach age two. 

Unless the legislation is explicit and intentional, the needs of babies and their parents will be overlooked. 

Government and Parliament have a once in a generation opportunity to make the Domestic Abuse Act and Statutory Guidance work for babies and their parents.  We urge them to seize it.

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