LEAP NEWS - Parent Champions attend Parliamentary Reception

LEAP was excited to be invited to the National Children’s Bureau’s Annual Parliamentary Reception, held at the House of Commons on 7th September, which saw the launch of their new health inequalities report: Poor Beginnings: health inequalities among young children across England

Two of our Parent Champions, Sylvia and Andrea, joined us to speak to those gathered about their journeys to become a LEAP Parent Champion and their experiences of working with other parents and professionals to support families within their community. Both stressed the need to help families that are struggling and provide help to carers, as well as parents.

We were also pleased to welcome partners from the Council and health and voluntary sectors as well as Dr Ann Hoskins, Deputy Director Health & Wellbeing, Public Health England, who echoed Sylvia and Andrea’s words and emphasised the importance of parent insight in order to create long-lasting change. 

Poor Beginnings looks at four key measures of young children's health and well-being - obesity, tooth decay, accidental injury and 'school readiness'. The report provides a clear picture of the health of children under five living in England and shows how growing up in different areas of the country has a dramatic effect on their lives.

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Left photo: Cllr Jane Pickard, Parent Champion Sylvia, Dr Ann Hoskins, Parent Champion Andrea

Right photo: Parent Champions Andrea and Sylvia speak at the event