Some children face life challenges that undermine their chances of enjoying childhood and having opportunities to learn, develop and thrive. Looked after children and those leaving care are less likely to do well at school and do not always get the services and support they need to address their additional physical, mental and emotional health issues. Pressures on families, such as parental mental health problems, domestic violence and substance misuse, make it difficult for parents and carers to provide a nurturing environment for their children.
NCB champions children's right to a safe, secure and supported childhood, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged . We advise professionals on effective ways of assessing and meeting the needs of children and families in challenging circumstances. Our influencing work focuses on the most vulnerable, securing changes to policy and law for the benefit of children in care and those in need of additional support.