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First 1000 days of life inquiry


The bulk of public spending during a child's life comes in their teenage years, but there is a strong case for investing public money much earlier. What's more there is strong evidence showing how we can spend such resources to good effect. The Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, the Rt. Hon Norman Lamb MP, has told the Committee the problem is the gap between what we know and what is currently provided. The Committee’s inquiry is not planning to re-examine the evidence base or the economic case. Instead it plans to focus on the following three key areas: national strategy, current spending and barriers to investment and local provision.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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13th Report - First 1000 days of life
Inquiry First 1000 days of life inquiry
HC 1496
Response to this report
Government Response to the Committee's Thirteenth Report: First 1000 days of life
CP 112
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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3 December 2018
Inquiry First 1000 days of life inquiry
Witnesses Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government, Deidre Webb, Lead Children's Nurse, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland, Professor Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, Northern Ireland, Professor Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer, Welsh Government, Karen Cornish, Deputy Director Children and Families Division, Communities and Tackling Poverty Department, Welsh GovernmentProfessor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse and Director of Maternity and Early Years, Public Health England, Dr Helen Duncan, Programme Director, National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network, Public Health England
Oral Evidence
13 November 2018
Inquiry First 1000 days of life inquiry
Witnesses Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Advisor, National Childbirth Trust, Dr Alain Gregoire, Chair, Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Anna-Marie Hassall, Director of Practice and Programme, National Children's Bureau, Javed Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Barnardo'sDr Cheryll Adams, Executive Director, Institute of Health Visiting, Ailsa Swarbrick, National Unit Director, Family Nurse Partnership National Unit, Gill Walton, Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives, Dr Beckie Lang, Chief Executive, Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK Ltd
Oral Evidence
6 November 2018
Inquiry First 1000 days of life inquiry
Witnesses Elaine Kelly, Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Anne Longfield, Children's Commissioner, Dr Angela Donkin, Chief Social Scientist, National Foundation for Educational ResearchDougal Hargreaves, Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at University College London Hospital and Visiting Research Analyst, The Nuffield Trust, Anthoulla Koutsoudi, Director of External Relations, WAVE Trust, Sarah Benioff, Deputy Director of Strategic Funding, The Big Lottery Fund, Dr Jo Casebourne, Chief Executive, The Early Intervention Foundation
Oral Evidence
British Psychological Society (FDL0093)
Better Breastfeeding (FDL0092)

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