This came to me via a friend who is one of the women who has trained to become an NCT Practitioner. The NCT is an important support network for women. Let’s try to save this as well.
Please can you take a few minutes to write to your MP on Wednesday 18th April
This is because NCT training is university accredited and of high quality, so that the charity can be assured of providing parents with the very best support when they need it most. The charity recently launched a new strategy with an ambitious goal to reach 20 million parents by 2020- but can’t do that without enough practitioners to support them.
NCT has launched its Help NCT Help Parents campaign to ask Government to work with the charity to find a solution to this problem so that nobody who wishes to train to help parents is turned away because they cannot afford it.
You can Help NCT Help Parents by:
· Joining the campaign on Facebook – take action and tell your NCT story
· Contact your MP to ask them to help NCT help parents
· Sign the e petition
· Get your friends and family involved – send an email like this one!
· Tell NCT how they helped you – email your story about training or getting good support from NCT Practitioners to email@example.com
On Wednesday 18 April NCT is holding an online day of action asking supporters to contact their MPs – find out why and how you can Help NCT Help Parents
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is considering proposals to remove funding for people training to become NCT Practitioners, raising the cost of training to £6,000 per annum per person. This is prohibitively expensive and would lead to a dramatic fall in the number of people undertaking training. NCT needs your help to help us help parents and achieve our goal of reaching 20 million parents by 2020.
NCT currently trains 250-300 people each year to become NCT Practitioners. Once qualified, these practitioners provide antenatal education courses to 91,500 new and expecting parents each year, as well as other support (including breastfeeding support) to more than 1,500,000 people throughout the year.
We are launching a short term campaign aimed at finding a solution to this problem and are hoping to meet with representatives of the Department to discuss innovative solutions because there are many important social, economic reasons and health reasons for ensuring NCT Practitioner training can continue.
NCT practitioners provide social benefits by improving people’s parenting skills:
Children’s life chances are most heavily predicated on their development in pregnancy and the first two years of life. NCT practitioners provide support to parents to help ensure children have the best possible start in life. The Government has estimated that failure to improve these skills costs between £11,600,000,000 and £20,700,000,000 (£11.6bn and 20.7bn), as poor parenting raises the prospect of future unemployment, ill health, and criminal activity.
NCT practitioners support NHS midwifery services:
In the past 10yrs, the birth rate in the UK has risen by up to 22%. Over the same period, the number of midwives has risen by only 9%. The NHS spends £2,053,829,000 (£2.05bn) each year on maternity services. NCT practitioners provide a value supplement to this spending and allow NHS resources to be more closely focused on areas of urgent medical need. We help bridge the gap between the growing demand on NHS maternity services and the NHS resources available.
NCT practitioners can be trained at low cost:
Once qualified, NCT Practitioners are completely self-funded. They require no further investment or financial from the public sector.
NCT practitioner training provides employment opportunities for women returning to work after having children: