Start for Life

The first 1,001 days (from conception to 2 years old) is considered to be the most important time in a child's life for development.

Whether you're a parent/carer, grandparent or other family member, you can use our Start for Life pages to find information, advice and support for this vital period of a child's life.


Safeguarding services protect babies from abuse and maltreatment, and protect the rights of the adults who care for them to live in safety - free from abuse and neglect themselves.

Concerned about a child's safety?

If you're concerned that a child or young person is being (or is at risk of being) abused or neglected, report it.

I need help and support for my family

If you're a parent or carer in Hillingdon, our Stronger Families hub can provide you and your family with lots of different help about a range of things, including:

  • concerns about your child's general behaviour
  • support and advice with parenting
  • domestic abuse
  • support if your child has (or you feel they may have) additional needs.

Find out more about our Stronger Families Hub

Safer sleeping

Follow the Lullaby Trust's safer sleep advice and guidance to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) - commonly known as cot death - and give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.

Find out more about reducing the risk of SIDS for your baby

Baby and toddler safety

Each year, thousands of under-5s are admitted to hospital following accidents - and lots of these accidents are preventable.

Learn how to protect your baby or toddler from common accidents


From advice on children's mental health to staying safe online, the NSPCC offers support for parents and what to do if you're worried about a child.

Find support and tips to help you keep children safe

Page last updated: 10 Jan 2024