An unstable start - All Babies Count: Spotlight on homelessness

Pregnancy and the first years are an important time in giving a child a healthy and safe start in life. Mothers need support and care during pregnancy. Once born, babies need a safe and stimulating environment and healthy early relationship with their caregivers. 

These needs can be more difficult to meet when parents are homeless. 

This NSPCC report, in partnership with the Anna Freud Centre, looks at what we know about babies whose parents are homeless. It sets out the impact on babies who don’t have a supportive, affordable, decent and secure place to live. It includes recommendations for government to help ensure that babies affected by homelessness get the best start in life.

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