Involving parents in Born in Bradford: Working together

Louise Tracey, Sally Barber, and Liz Andrews describe how academics, researchers, council staff, and health staff have been working with parents to improve the health and well-being of families in one city

Born in Bradford (BiB) was born in 2006. Between March 2007 and December 2010, parents attending the main hospital in Bradford, UK, for ante-natal oral glucose tolerance testing were recruited to the study. The aim was to track children born in Bradford from pregnancy, through childhood, and into adulthood. The purpose of the study is to research the many influences that shape our lives and thereby to ameliorate any confounding factors.

What we know
● Disadvantage and lower socioeconomic status are strongly linked with poor health. Health inequalities experienced at the start of life can have a profound effect on the rest of that life.
● The home learning environment is more important for intellectual and social development than parental occupation, education, or income.
● Children’s motor skills at an early age predict cognitive and academic ability in later-childhood and adulthood.

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May 2014