1001 Critical Days

1001 Critical Days

About the Coalition

The 1001 Critical Days Manifesto Coalition looks forward to a society where:

  • Every baby receives sensitive and responsive care from their main caregivers in the first years of life
  • Parents feel confident to raise their children in a loving and supportive environment
  • A holistic approach to all ante, peri (around 20th week of pregnancy to around the 28th day of life) and postnatal services enabling seamless access for all families.

Since the manifesto was launched in October 2013 we have; 36 Politicians/MPs, 6 Lords and Baronesses, 10 Public Health Bodies, 105 charities and oganisations, 143 All Party Parlimentary Group members and 300 individuals who have pledged their support for the 1001 critical days manifesto.

The manifesto seeks to engage organisations who have pledged their support, to create a relationship based ethos with a commitment to actively support and promote at a local and national level, the establishment of universal and specialist provision to offer relationship-based services, where appropriate to parents and their babies during the 1001 Critical Days.

The Manifesto

The 1001 Critical Days Manifesto was officially launched at each political party conference in October 2013 by Andrea Leadsom MP for the Conservative Party, Paul Burstow MP for Liberal Democrats, Caroline Lucas MP for the Green Party and Rt Hon Frank Field MP for Labour.

It is a vision for the provision of services in the UK for the early years period, which puts forward the moral, scientific and economic case for the importance of the conception to age 2 period.

It is a unique, cross party manifesto, represented now in Parliament by Rt Hon Frank Field MP for Labour, Norman Lamb for Liberal Democrats, Caroline Lucas MP for the Green Party, Tim Loughton MP for the Conservatives, Mark Durkan MP for the SDLP Party, Philippa Whitford MP for the SNP Party, Jim Shannon MP for DUP and Liz Saville-Roberts MP for Plaid Cymru.

As politicians from across the political spectrum, they have come together for the first time to acknowledge the importance of the 1001 critical days from when a baby is conceived until age two.

This period of life is crucial to increase children’s life chances, and they have pledged their committment to ensure all babies have the best possible start in life. They all agree that society is missing an opportunity if we don’t prevent problems before they arise and that it is vital that a focus on the early years is placed at the heart of the policy making process.

The Manifesto highlights the importance of acting early to enhance outcomes for children. Too many children and young people do not have the start in life they need, leading to high costs for society, and too many affected lives. Every child deserves an equal opportunity to lead a healthy and fulfilling life, and the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto supports this.

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