Charities warn of the risk of failing a generation of babies born during the pandemic.

Today we have launched a joint statement issuing a stark warning about the risk of failing a generation of babies born during the pandemic.

NCB, alongside nine expert charities, are putting eight principles to Matt Hancock that must be considered when looking at health visiting. We are urging Government to recognise there is a timely opportunity to rebuild the nation’s public health services for children and families.

The Government is currently preparing options to restructure Public Health England (PHE). As experts in the early years, we are particularly concerned with the crucial support that PHE provides for babies, young children and families through the Healthy Child Programme. We believe the Government should use this opportunity to set out a new and ambitious plan for public health that will give every child the best start in life. See coverage in the Guardian here.

The full list of principles are available here.