As a society we provide a vital system of education, health and social care services to strengthen families and help our children overcome the many challenges that can hold them back.
For over 50 years NCB has been driving change throughout this system to make it as effective as possible and to protect the children whose welfare is most at risk.
Right now, the system is breaking.
We’re here to shine a light where the system is failing and unite all those who can help to fix it.
Read more about our 2018-2023 Strategy, United for a Better Childhood.
We help by working with children and families, policy-makers and practitioners to research, innovate and establish best practice across the children’s sector.
We want every child to have equal opportunity to the education, health services and specialist care that they need to succeed.
We believe that every child deserves to feel safe, supported and secure and enjoy happy and fulfilling childhoods.
We work to ensure all children get the best possible start in life
A child’s early years have a profound impact on their future health, development and life chances.
Our research shows that 40% of 4-5 year olds do not reach a good level of development and growing up in poverty is a key factor. Our report Poor Beginnings showed that children growing up in areas of deprivation are 28% more likely to be obese and 41% more likely to suffer tooth decay.
Our work is helping to address these issues by developing successful programmes like Making it REAL and the Lambeth Early Action Project (LEAP). Through our programmes we’ve demonstrated that with the right early intervention, attainment in early literacy improves in 98% of cases.
We work to ensure vulnerable children get the targeted help they need
All children and young people are vulnerable in one way or another, but some are in particular need of support.
Early intervention is essential to ensuring that problems don’t spiral out of control. Through our specialist networks we work with children and families who have experienced bereavement, bullying, mental health issues or are facing societal barriers because of a disability or special educational need. Our evidence based approach to programme development means we are can help front line staff with practical advice and targeted support.
We work to ensure that children get support that is holistic and universal
A smooth transition between schools and across services is essential to ensuring every child has continuity of support right into adulthood.
We believe that preparing children and young people for adult life needs to start as early as possible to allow them to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to have choice and control over their lives.