National Children's Bureau Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Children's_Bureau

The National Children’s Bureau works collaboratively across the issues affecting children to influence policy and get services working together to deliver a better childhood.

Established in 1963, they have been at the forefront of campaigning for children and young people’s rights for over 50 years.

They have offices in Hackney and Lambeth, London and Northern Ireland. They employ nearly 120 people.

Read their strategy.

Read NCB’s story.

NCB also hosts the:

·       Anti-Bullying Alliance

·       Childhood Bereavement Network

·       Council for Disabled Children

·       Sex Education Forum

·       LEAP


NCB's chief executive (since 2014) is Anna Feuchtwang. Her predecessor from 2011 to 2014 was Dr Hilary Emery.[1] Prior to that Sir Paul Ennals, was NCB's Chief Executive from 1998.[2]

Alison O’Sullivan[3] was appointed Chair of NCB in January 2019, in succession to Elaine Simpson who had served since September 2012.

Baroness Tyler of Enfield is NCB's president. Her predecessor was Baroness Shireen Ritchie, who died in April 2012, and who had been President of NCB since November 2010.[4]


The National Children's Bureau was organized as the National Bureau for Co-operation in Child Care in 1963, with a combination of public and private funding.[5] The child psychologist Mia Kellmer Pringle was tapped as its founding director, and she led the NCB until her retirement in 1981. Under her leadership, the organization grew from a small-scale operation with four employees to a staff of 65 working out of a dedicated building.[6]

Beginning in 1964, Mia Kellmer Pringle and Dr. Neville Butler codirected the National Child Development Study, an influential longitudinal study that surveyed the development of a cohort of 17,000 children.[6] The initial conclusions of the survey were published by the NCB in the 1973 book "Born to Fail?"[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Dr Hilary Emery - Chief Executive". National Children's Bureau. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  2. ^ Molly Garboden (2 June 2011). "NCB appoints chief executive to succeed Ennals". Community Care. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Alison O'Sullivan". NCB. 2016-07-04. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  4. ^ "NCB comment on the death of president Baroness Shireen Ritchie". National Children's Bureau. 26 April 2012. Archived from the original on 26 November 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Born to Fail?". TIME Magazine. November 12, 1973 – via EBSCOhost.
  6. ^ a b Tizard, B.  (2007, May 24). Pringle, Mia Lilly Kellmer (1920–1983), psychologist and first director of the National Children's Bureau. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 14 May. 2021