Torfaen MP, Nick Thomas-Symonds, has given his backing to a campaign to reduce levels of the adverse childhood experiences of abuse, neglect and children witnessing domestic abuse by 70% by the year 2030.

Primary prevention charity WAVE Trust is behind the campaign, called ‘70/30’ and promoted by a network of parents, teachers, health professionals and others across the UK.

WAVE Trust campaigns officer Sam Lawes said, ‘We are very grateful for Nick’s support. The 70/30 Campaign is about getting vulnerable parents and families the help they need before things go wrong.

‘We should already be doing this, but the truth is that our early years services are far too often designed to be good at rushing to pick up the pieces when things go wrong, not to prevent things going wrong in the first place.

‘If we give parents the right support before and in the years after a child is born, for example those struggling with an addiction or a mental health issue, we can prevent future harm. This approach makes so much more sense than picking up the pieces after things have gone wrong.’

Nick Thomas-Symonds joins over 270 MPs in endorsing 70/30.

Mr Thomas-Symonds said, ‘Britain can and should be the best place in the world to grow up. For that to happen, we need to invest in prevention, and in supporting vulnerable families before things go wrong.’

If you would like to learn more about the 70/30 Campaign or know how you can become an ambassador to represent your community, visit www.wavetrust.org/7030.

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