Watch NSPCC's 'Brain Builder'

The NSPCC released the below 'Core Story Brain Builder' animation in Feb 2016 which explains how experiences in the first years of our lives affect how our brains form.

Science tells us that the stress of abuse or neglect can damage the basic structures of a child’s developing brain. Without the right help, it can put them at risk of a lifetime of health problems, developmental issues and addiction. It’s up to us to make sure that children overcome these stresses and have the nurturing experiences they need for positive development.

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