Labour Party Conference

Protecting, nurturing, growing: Exploring the role of local and national government in supporting parenting

Kindly Supported by:

Action for Children

Parents are the biggest single factor in determining their children’s future life chances. Their actions and abilities make such a huge contribution to their child’s crucial early development. From providing emotional warmth, to healthy meals to play. But with the increasing insecurity of modern life, how can we support people to be the best parents they can be?

At this roundtable we will explore the role of local authorities, charities, and central government in supporting struggling parents as early as possible and preventing problems developing, such as child neglect. We will further consider the potential for breaking intergenerational disadvantage and improving social mobility.

We shall be joined by Carey Oppenheim, Chief Executive of the Early Intervention Foundation and Jan Leightley, Managing Director of Action for Children, and in our discussion shall address the following questions:

  • How can struggling parents be supported and what is the Government’s role in making this happen?
  • How should resources in local communities be harnessed and directed to improve early support for parents in a non-stigmatising way?
  • How can local agencies speak up for vulnerable children and encourage struggling parents to reach out for advice and support?