One child in 20 has a severe behavioural problem. This often has a devastating impact on a child's future, greatly increasing the risk of suicide, poor health, unemployment and crime.

Yet there is increasingly strong evidence of the effectiveness of well-designed early intervention programmes.

Effective parenting interventions have been found to cost about £1,200 for each child and to create benefits of £225,000 over the lifetime of a child with severe conduct problems.

Early years interventions are recommended in Graham Allen MP's independent review and by Centre for Social Justice in its recent review of mental health.

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Maternal mental health

We are part of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) - a coalition of UK organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year.

Investing in mental health at this early stage can have a dramatic impact on long-term outcomes for mothers, fathers, children, families and society.

Costs of perinatal mental health problems

Perinatal mental health problems cost society about £8.1 billion for each one-year cohort of births in the UK. But the NHS would need to spend just £337 million a year to bring perinatal mental health care up to the recommended standard.


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Wanting the best for my children

5% of children have severe behavioural problems, known as conduct disorder. Good quality parenting programmes can make a real difference, helping parents pick up simple techniques to better manage behaviour.

This report looks at the experiences of 44 parents facing dilemmas about seeking help and their thoughts on how systems might work better to support families managing early behavioural difficulties.

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