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Perinatal Inquiry - Evidence Session on First 1001 Days
Published: 
26 February 2015

Recommendations for the promotion of optimal development in the first 1001 days to give every baby the best possible start in life.

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Recommendations for the promotion of optimal development in the first 1001 days to give every baby the best possible start in life.

The cost of failing to deal adequately with perinatal mental health and child maltreatment has been estimated at £23billion each year. As our report shows the two are closely linked and more importantly largely avoidable. That is the equivalent of more than two thirds of the annual Defence Budget going on a problem that is widespread and when unchecked passes from one poorly parented generation to the next. Tackling it should be no less a priority for our politicians and our health and social care professionals than defence of the realm.