National Children’s Bureau
Since 1963 they have been at the forefront of campaigning for children and young people’s right to a safe, secure and supported childhood.
For more than 50 years they have been making a big difference to the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable. Here are just some of their achievements.
Why they are NCB
Many children and young people, especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged, face a postcode lottery of service provision that prevents them from achieving their full potential.
They help by working with children and families, policy-makers and practitioners to research, innovate and establish best practice across the children’s sector.
They want every child to have equal opportunity to the education, health services and specialist care that they need to succeed.
They believe that every child deserves to feel safe, supported and secure and enjoy happy and fulfilling childhoods.
They work to ensure all children get the best possible start in life
A child’s early years have a profound impact on their future health, development and life chances.
Their research shows that 40% of 4-5 year olds do not reach a good level of development and growing up in poverty is a key factor. Their report Poor Beginnings showed that children growing up in areas of deprivation are 28% more likely to be obese and 41% more likely to suffer tooth decay.
Their work is helping to address these issues by developing successful programmes like Making it REAL and the Lambeth Early Action Project (LEAP). Through their programmes they have demonstrated that with the right early intervention, attainment in early literacy improves in 98% of cases.
They work to ensure vulnerable children get the targeted help they need
All children and young people are vulnerable in one way or another, but some are in particular need of support.
Early intervention is essential to ensuring that problems don’t spiral out of control. Through their specialist networks they work with children and families who have experienced bereavement, bullying, mental health issues or are facing societal barriers because of a disability or special educational need. Their evidence based approach to programme development means they are can help front line staff with practical advice and targeted support.
They work to ensure that children get support that is holistic and universal
A smooth transition between schools and across services is essential to ensuring every child has continuity of support right into adulthood.
They believe that preparing children and young people for adult life needs to start as early as possible to allow them to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to have choice and control over their lives.