This report captures the experiences of over 5000 families, including 117 from Northern Ireland, who responded to an online survey. Respondents were either pregnant, had recently given birth or had a child under 2 (or were the partner of someone who was pregnant or recently given birth). The findings highlight the lack of support for families and the inequalities in babies’ early experiences.
- Almost 7 in 10 parents found their ability to cope with their pregnancy or baby had been impacted as a result of COVID-19
- Nearly 7 in 10 parents felt the changes brought about by COVID-19 were affecting their unborn baby, baby or young child
- Only one third of parents expressed confidence in being able to access mental health support if required
The report makes three policy calls:
- A one-off Baby Boost to enable local services to support families who have had a baby during or close to lockdown.
- A new Parent-Infant Premium providing new funding for local commissioners, targeted at improving outcomes for the most vulnerable children.
- Significant and sustained investment in core funding to support families from conception to age two and beyond, including in statutory services, charities and community groups.