Parent-centred and evidence-based

NCT is committed to being parent-centred and evidence-based.

NCT demonstrates its commitment to the principles of being parent-centred and evidence-based in all its  work. These principles underpin NCT’s training for practitioners and health professionals, NCT published information, and services delivered by NCT in all settings. Throughout the UK, NCT groups and branches provide mutual support networks to empower and nurture parents.

As part of its 2020 strategy, NCT highlights the importance of the First 1,000 Days , the period from the start of a continuing pregnancy until the child’s second birthday. NCT advocates for parents’ views and concerns to be heard, and for maternity and family services to be developed to meet the needs of parents.

NCT defines being ‘parent-centred’ as an attitude or approach in which a strong emphasis is placed on finding out about, respecting and responding to parents’ experiences, views and values. This involves always considering the perspectives of parents and recognising that each individual will have different priorities, needs and aspirations, so that a ‘one-size fits all’ approach is not appropriate. NCT believes that parents are well placed to consider the needs of their children, and that most are highly motivated to give their children a good start in life. NCT advocates working with parents using a ‘strengths-based’ approach to acknowledge, and build on the aspirations mothers and fathers have for their children.

Putting parent-centred into practice
Exploring what it is to be parent-centred

NCT sets out what it means by being ‘evidence-based’. It describes NCT’s understanding and use of evidence.  It sets out our commitment to user involvement in research. There are short descriptions of some of the different kinds of research studies that evidence comes from.