UK child health inequalities

Even with our sophisticated health system, the UK has shocking socio-economic and ethnicity-related inequalities:

  • A Black British woman is five times more likely to die in pregnancy than a white British woman
  • Babies born in Bradford are four times more likely to die before their first birthday than babies born in Bath
  • Six-week old babies in Wandsworth are four times more likely to be breastfed than babies born in Knowsley
  • By age three there is a 17-month income-related language gap

Evidence shows that confident, informed parenting helps children’s physical, emotional and language development, and that confidence and knowledge is more significant than parent income or background in supporting their child’s development.

Help to give a child the best start in life

Did you know - an independent report showed that every £1 spent on early intervention for children and families can deliver £10 of savings. So every donation can make a big impact on society, both now and in the future.

Best Beginnings is a national charity with an unwavering commitment to reducing inequalities, both through our work with parents, and with professional bodies nationwide. With your help, we can give every child the chance to maximise their potential in life.

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