More help to register child births

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A charity is calling on organisations to make it easier for parents to register their child’s birth.

Barnardo’s believes that children’s centres, registrars and local authorities can come together to help register births via local children’s centres.

Officials say the Barnardo’s Blyth Valley Children’s Centre as an example of how it can be done, with 113 birth registrations at Blyth Sure Start Centre so far this year.

Barnardo’s assistant director for Northumberland and North Tyneside, Julie McVeigh said: “In the first six weeks of a baby’s life, families need more support than ever.

“Registering babies’ births at their local children’s centres means parents can find out what’s on offer that can support them further.

“Our baby registration service is convenient and welcoming, and benefits families and the professionals who offer support to them.

“We would like to see it more widely available to help children and their families fulfil their potential.”

Lorraine Dewison, manager of the registration service for Northumberland County Council, said: “The feedback from registrars has been very positive. Working in partnership with Barnardo’s in this way has been very rewarding.

“It is definitely a win-win service: it is convenient and quick for families and we have had a good take up of appointments.”