According to research across the world, the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from conception until around 2 years old, has a lifelong impact through childhood and into adulthood. Everything from how a child does at school to how much they earn as adults, and from mental health wellbeing to life expectancy, can be shaped by the first few years of a person’s life and even before they are born.
Surrey Heartlands’ First 1000 days event was held in Dorking on Thursday 11 July with more than 200 health professionals from across the county taking part, along with 40 parents and carers who shared their experience of caring for young children. The learn and share event, supported by a range of NHS organisations including Surrey and Borders and Surrey County Council, focused on what can be done differently in Surrey to improve services for children, their parents and carers to meet their needs.
Surrey and Borders staff were in attendance and Jo Goldsmith, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, spoke at the event about the importance of attachment and the Parent Infant Mental Health Service.
Surrey Heartlands has chosen to make the first 1,000 days of life a focus of its work to remove health inequalities. In Surrey, progress is already underway in some key areas but we know that there is a lot more to do and will use the learning from this event to take forward plans.