These resources provide useful information for anyone keen to learn about parent-infant relationships

Clinical Guidance

NICE guideline [NG26] Children’s Attachment: attachment in children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at high risk of going into care November 2015

NICE Quality standard [QS128] Early years promoting health and wellbeing August 2016

NICE Quality standard [QS133] Children’s Attachment October 2016

NICE Clinical guideline [CG192] Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health April 2018

SIGN Clinical Guidance [SIGN 127] Management of perinatal mood disorders March 2012

SIGN Clinical Guidance [SIGN 156] Children and young people exposed prenatally to alcohol January 2019

Policy Reports and Documents

Evidence Based Early Years Intervention. The Eleventh Report of the Session 2017-2019, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (2019). A review of evidence provided to the Science and Technology Committee. The government’s response can also be found at

First 1000 Days of Life. The Thirteenth Report of the Session 2017-2019, House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee (2019). A review of evidence provided to the Health and Social Care Select Committee. The government’s response can also be found at

Realising the Potential of Early Intervention, October 2018. A Report from the Early Intervention Foundation. This report sets out a bold plan of action to ensure effective early intervention is available to the children, young people and families who need it most.

Building Great Britons. Conception to Age 2: First 1001 Days All Party Parliamentary Group, February 2015. A report and recommendations from the Perinatal Inquiry – Evidence Sessions on First 1001 Days.

1001 Critical Days Manifesto. Conception to Age 2: First 1001 Days All Party Parliamentary Group, 2013. A cross-party political manifesto highlighting the importance of acting early to enhance the outcomes for children.

The Age of Opportunity – Conception to Age Two, March 2013. A report from The Wave Trust containing recommendations to guide both national and local decision makers and commissioners in reducing the causes of disadvantage at the earliest and most effective point in life.

Conception to Age Two – the economics of early years’ investment, March 2013. This report lays out the economic case for investment by looking at both international and UK-based studies on return on investment for early years’ interventions.

Early Intervention: Smart Investment, Massive Savings. The Second Independent Report to Her Majesty’s Government. Graham Allen MP, July 2011. A report outlining the evidence for investing in early intervention.

Referenced text books

Research and Practice in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (2016). Cory Shulman. Springer International Publishing.

Transforming Infant Wellbeing: Research, Policy and Practice for the First 1001 Critical Days, 1st Edition (2018). Penelope Leach. Routledge, London.

Review Papers and Texts on Clinical Interventions

Foundations for Life: What works to support parent-child interaction in the early years? July 2016. A report from the Early Intervention Foundation. An assessment of 75 early intervention programmes aimed at improving child outcomes through positive parent–child interactions in the early years.

The Best Start at Home: What works to improve the quality of parent–child interactions from conception to age 5 years? A rapid review of interventions, March 2015. A report from the Early Intervention Foundation presenting the results of a comprehensive investigation into the range of early intervention programmes in the UK for 0 to 5 year olds and their families.

Training organisations

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY) provides mental health and early years professionals with expert-agreed standards of knowledge and skills to work confidently with infants (0-3) and their families.

The Brazelton Centre A network of training centres across the world making a difference to the lives of families through teaching the Newborn Assessment Scale (NBAS) and Newborn Observation (NBO).

OXPIP Provision of a range of shorter- and longer-term courses and training in various parent-infant relationship interventions.

NEWPIP Provision of the Infant Mental Health and Early Intervention with Babies and Parents 10-week course for professionals.

NHS Education Scotland

The School of Infant Mental Health The School of Infant Mental Health delivers a range of training for professionals who work with infants and young children.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Warwick University – Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit

The Infant Mental Health On Line (IMHOL) course is delivered through the University of Warwick.