First 1000 Days – The Annual report by the Director of Public Health
The first 1000 days of a child’s life lay the foundations for their own and Croydon’s futures.
A healthy start in life gives each child an equal chance to thrive and grow into an adult who makes a positive contribution to the community.
This report reflect’s on the role that the wider environment, the socio-economic situation of families and the issues such as age, ethnic group, disability and sexual orientation, play in the first 1000 days of a child.
It also discusses Adverse Childhood Experiences. Experiences that impact negatively on later childhood. Work undertaken by Croydon’s Safeguarding Children’s Board has identified how many of the young people impacted by knife crime and youth violence have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences. Evidence shows that children who experience stressful and poor quality childhoods are more likely to develop health-harming and anti-social behaviours, perform poorly in school, be involved in crime and are ultimately less likely to be a productive member of society.