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We support the development, growth and quality of specialised parent-infant relationship teams

Across the UK, we support local areas in the following ways:

Support

Bespoke development, implementation and strategic consultation, advice and mentoring.

We have learnt how to set up strong and effective services across the UK. Over the last six years, we have supported seven services around the country and have close relationships with other specialised parent-infant relationship teams nationwide. We freely share these learnings via this website, our toolkit, conversations and partnerships. 

Access to the Parent-Infant Network

We invite every specialised parent-infant relationship team around the UK to join the national Parent-Infant Network. It is a free, multi-disciplinary collective that provides:

  • A space for shared learning and information
  • Continued professional development, peer discussions and mutual support

With the aim of:

  • Facilitating the sharing of resources, good practice and help with common challenges
  • Fostering a shared drive to improve the reach, quality and impact of teams

The Network offers:

  • Two face-to-face events each year
  • The network newsletter which further facilitates networking and collaboration

Later this year we will begin a series of webinars on areas of shared interest.

Quality Standards

With the Parent-Infant Network, we are developing a set of service standards for teams. This will complement the AIMH UK competencies for individual practitioners.  Over the coming year, we will co-create these standards and launch an accreditation scheme based on a peer-review process.

Data Management

The Parent-Infant Foundation provides free software and support to any specialised parent-infant relationship team in the UK to enable the collection of relevant data about their service.  The Foundation data portal tracks bespoke output and outcome data that statutory or off-the-shelf data management systems often miss. 

This helps local teams to:

  • Communicate more easily with stakeholders, funders and commissioners
  • Benchmark their performance against an anonymised national data set
  • Support their quality improvement work

Policy and campaigns

Part of our mission is to convince national and local decision makers across the UK about the importance of policies and services to support parent-infant relationships, and specifically about the importance of specialised parent-infant relationship teams.  We co-ordinate the Conception to Age 2 All-Party Parliamentary Group and the 1001 Critical Days movement.  Our most recent report Rare Jewels: Specialised Parent-infant Relationship Teams in the UK contains the most up-to-date analysis of provision across the UK and advocated for policy changes that will support the growth of services across the country.

Contributing to the evidence base

The Parent-Infant Foundation is an evidence-based organisation:

  • We use and signpost to current evidence to assist our work with specialised parent-infant relationship teams and decision makers.
  • We support the creation of new evidence through our own research and evidence activities, and through our support to local teams.
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