The ability for children to experience safe, stable, nurturing relationships – or ‘early relational health’ – is based on conditions and skills starting from the very beginning of life, and is a critical yet underexplored factor shaping development and wellbeing across the life course.

In September 2022, PRF convened a research roundtable attended by leading thinkers from across Australia to discuss the role of early relational health in strengthening wellbeing across the life course and across generations.

The roundtable gathered evidence on ‘What Matters’, ‘What Works’, and ‘What Translates’ in promoting early relational health, within families, early education and health services, and the broader community, to ensure a healthy start to social and emotional life.

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