The Seven Childhood and Early Parenting Principles (CEPPs)
Supporting CEPPs will help build healthier, fairer and more peaceful societies.
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City, Regional and National governments will be encouraged to use the principles as a framework for action and investment in strong, effective policies and programmes for early parenting and early childhood development, namely to:
Principle 1. Provide leadership for Early Parenting and Early Childhood Development at local, regional and national government levels.
Principle 2. Promote partnerships between government, non-government and civil society organisations.
Principle 3. Publish a local, regional or national Childhood and Early Parenting Policy, ensuring universal access and respecting cultural diversity and the voices of women and men.
Principle 4. Establish infrastructure and capacity for education and the delivery of care.
Principle 5. Promote best practices in education and the delivery of care, for mothers and professionals.
Principle 6. Adopt a multi-sector approach ensuring a continuum-of-care in the delivery of physical, emotional and mental health services and early childhood care.
Principle 7. Measure and publicly report on targets and achievements in relation to Early Parenting and Early Childhood Development.
The CEPPs Stakeholders and Actors
These fall into three main groups and are referred to in the CEPPs under these headings:
The Recipients – Mother, father, child, families, caregivers and teenagers
The Policy Makers – Government, non-government and civil society stakeholders in CEPPs including; professional associations, child and women’s rights advocates, research organisations, universities and educational institutions.
- CEP health care: including health visitors, maternity services and adult mental health services.
- CEP social services: including social care, early childhood care and development and Family or Children’s Centres.
- CEP professionals: midwives, nurses, doulas, GPs, OB-GYNs, paediatricians, mental health professionals, health policy specialists, pre-natal and early childhood educators, community services and social workers.