Creating an appropriateinfrastructure of services for those in the transition to parenthood: What are families offered, what do they want and how can NCT make sure they get it?
Elizabeth DuffNCT Senior Policy AdviserRosie DoddsNCT Senior Policy Adviser
People in the transition to parenthood (TTP) arelikely to need services in acute and communityhealth, public health, early education andchildcare.Parents also have needs for employment,income, housing, nutrition, transport, goods &equipment for babies, security, social support,leisure, communication and information, allappropriate for themselves and their families.
To lobby for what we know parents want …NCT provides, offers or stimulates solutions- which meet the needs of politicians, policymakers and service providers- for both short-term successes and long-termbenefits- in terms of finance, efficiency and outcomes
Current policy ‘snapshot’• In economic recession, families have reduced incomes: one in three Scottish households is ‘living in fuel poverty’ impacting especially on parents at home with small children• Evaluation of ‘Keep Childbirth Natural & Dynamic’ recently published• Plans for a national survey of women’s experience of maternity care in 2012• Government developing ‘National Parenting Strategy’ is an opportunity to infuence
NCT’s new strategy – ways of working•Growth – we will continue to increase our reach, bothgeographic and social, to all parents and expand our postnataland early years services.•Thought leadership – we will use our position of influence tochange the perception of parenthood and create breakthroughsolutions to address the dilemmas parents face.•Partnership – to deliver on ambitious targets we will work moreformally with other organisations to increase the supportavailable to new parents and expand their availability to reacheven more of the population
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