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The Parent-Infant Conference: innovative and evidence-based practice to protect and promote the emotional wellbeing of all bumps, babies and toddlers

We are thrilled to be co-hosting the Parent-Infant Conference on Wednesday 29th January 2020 with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.


The one-day event will:

  • Bring together high-profile research, policy and practice speakers in the field of infant and early years mental health
  • Offer numerous professional networking opportunities

We welcome anyone interested in the emotional wellbeing of babies and young children including:

  • Therapists, health visitors, midwives, social workers, GPs, family support workers
  • Early years practitioners, researchers, commissioners, policymakers, and parents with lived experience.

Keeping up to date

Do follow us on social media through the following Twitter handles: Anna Freud Centre and Parent-Infant Foundation using the hashtag #PIConf20 where we will be sharing updates about the conference in the lead up to January, and we will be live tweeting on the day.


Kensington Town Hall is accessible and well located in central London. The nearest tube station is High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines). Buses: 9, 10, 27, 49, 52, 328 serve Kensington High Street. There is a privately-run car park beneath the adjacent Central Library.


We have created a programme to bring together local, national and international speakers.  The day includes research, practice and policy perspectives regarding the emotional wellbeing of babies and very young children across the spectrum of need.

As well as hearing from others, the day presents numerous opportunities for you to network with colleagues through discussion, reflection and networking with your peers. For example we will have cabaret style seating, longer refreshment breaks, and end of session question setting to spark discussions.  For the refreshments on the day, we have a chosen a caterer who is able to provide healthy, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.

The event welcomes babies in arms, and a parent-infant friendly space is provided outside of the main conference hall for play, feeding, and family time.

Please see the programme schedule below. A more detailed programme of speakers will be published in due course.


9.00amRegistration and refreshments
9.30amWelcome from the Anna Freud Centre and Parent Infant Partnership UK
10.00amPlenary 1
10.25amPlenary 2
10.50amQ&A and discussion
11.15amBreak and networking
11.50amBreak out sessions including discussion and reflection time
  • Innovation in early help
  • Integrated working with families on the edge of care
1.00pmLunch and networking
2.00pmBreak out sessions including discussion and reflection time
  • Working with the system to meet the needs of high-risk families
  • Translating policy into practice
3.10pmPlenary 3
3.45pmPanel debate
4.45pmDiscussion and reflection time


Fee TypeAmount
Full fee£179
Third Sector / NHS fee£149
Student fee£99

* Programme subject to change

* All fees are for the one-day event and include all refreshments

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