AIMH News Archives

Here are our archived news items, newer items may be available on our news page.

16-Jul-2017
The past year has been a highly successful one on a number of fronts. Perhaps foremost has been our successful application for Charity status and I would like to thank our Secretary Dawn Cannon for all her persistent efforts to achieve this. This new status will enable us to undertake more effective fundraising with the aim of improving the services that we provide to our members and the wider public. 
14-Jul-2017
Welcome to the perinatal mental health profile (prototype version). This profile is designed to support planners, providers and stakeholders to plan services, undertake needs assessments and benchmark against similar populations. It brings together available metrics around mental health in pregnancy, the postnatal period and babies aged <1 year.
12-Jul-2017
The Mother-Infant Interaction Picture Book: Origins of Attachment by: Beatrice Beebe, Phyllis Cohen, and Frank Lachmann (Norton, 2016) A message to AIMH (UK) from Beatrice Beebe. Using video microanalysis—which captures moment-to-moment sequences of interactions—Beatrice Beebe and her colleagues have turned their lens on the most primary of relationships, mother and infant. This process becomes a “social...
12-Jul-2017
Dr. Beatrice Beebe at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, has been conducting frame-by-frame video microanalysis of mother-infant communication for over 40 years. From just two-and-a-half minutes of second-by-second analysis of face-to-face play at four months, Dr. Beebe can predict attachment style at one year. Focusing on looking and looking away and using actual lab footage and interviews...
12-Jul-2017
Update July 2017 - This profile is designed to support planners, providers and stakeholders to plan services, undertake needs assessments and benchmark against similar populations. It brings together available metrics around mental health in pregnancy, the postnatal period and babies aged <1 year
09-Jul-2017
‘TRANSFORMING INFANT WELLBEING’  Research, Policy and Practice for the first 1,001 Critical Days  Transforming Infant Wellbeing brings together science and policy to highlight the critical importance of the first 1,001 days of infancy: the period from conception to the second birthday. Introduced and edited by Penelope Leach, who uniquely combines academic knowledge of infant development with the ability to write...
07-Jul-2017
Effectiveness of skin-to-skin contact versus care-as-usual in mothers and their full-term infants: study protocol for a parallel-group randomized controlled trial Kelly H. M. Cooijmans Roseriet Beijers, Anne C. Rovers and Carolina de Weerth BMC PediatricsBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201717:154 DOI: 10.1186/s12887-017-0906-9 ©  The...
03-Jul-2017
Harvard University - 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return - Center on the Developing Child. Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive—with lots of back and forth interactions—build a strong foundation in a child’s brain for all future learning and development.
02-Jul-2017
BioMed Central Paediatrics - Study protocol - A longitudinal investigation of the role of the family environment in brain development and risk for mental health disorders in community based children
25-Jun-2017
Rome, May 26-30 2018 'Nature <> Nurture'. WAIMH has published its Call for Papers and the submission of the 16th Congress is now open.  The very theme of the Congress, challenges for a 3rd millennium Infant Mental Health”, indicates that, while knowledge on the basic determinants of child development is increasingly accurate and sophisticated, each of us bears the responsibility to promote, protect and guarantee...
25-Jun-2017
For anyone who works alongside volunteers in their service this research from Tameside will be interesting. It describes an enhanced training for Homestart volunteers to help equip them work with families where there were mental health difficulties. Long and short versions. A sensitive bit of work that the evaluation shows clearly benefited both the families and the volunteers.     ABSTRACT  A review of the...
25-Jun-2017
A volunteer programme that gives support to vulnerable families demonstrated that a small investment in training and support can bring about enormous change 
23-Jun-2017
Professor Jane Barlow, AIMH (UK) President's Report delivered at AIMH (UK) AGM on Friday June 23rd at The Tavistock Centre
15-Jun-2017
Tameside along with many other boroughs around the country joined together to mark the UK’s second national Infant Mental Health Awareness Week from 12th-16th June 2017. They decided for the 2nd year running to have a stall on Ashton Market on June 12th to raise awareness. Staff from the Early Attachment Service (EAS), Home Start, and the Children's Centres came together to raise awareness in PIMH and meet families. 
06-Jun-2017
Saturday 25th November 10.00—12.30 The Conference Hall, Ground Floor of the West Wing, St Pancras Hospital 4 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 0PE Open to all - The Aesthetics of the Negative and the Psychoanalytic Frame - Gregorio Kohon 
26-May-2017
The Anna Freud Cantre funding available for Child Psychotherapists Parent-Infant Psychotherapy - Specialist Training  Date: 18-month training starting in January 2018 Tutors: Tessa Baradon, Michela Biseo and others  The training derives from the model developed at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in which psychoanalysis, attachment theory and research, and infant developmental...
19-May-2017
This has just come in from KIPS and is a really useful and well put together resource for anyone needing economic evidence for the value of early intervention!
28-Apr-2017
How to facilitate parent-infant groups to help nurture attunement, from late pregnancy to age two. Groups for parents, babies and toddlers, spanning the 1001 critical days from late pregnancy up to age two, are an effective way of supporting expectant and new parents by helping them to become more attuned, sensitive and empathic towards their child...... 
23-Apr-2017
Early Years Entitlements: Operational Guidance - How local authorities (LAs) and early years settings should provide the entitlement for 2, 3- and 4-year-olds. Published 21 April 2017.  This publication provides operational guidance from the Department for Education. Local authorities must have regard to this guidance when discharging their duties to secure free early years provision.  The operational guidance also includes...
23-Apr-2017
Employing a lifelong perspective with a focus on children and young people The MRC is dedicated to increasing our understanding of, and finding treatments for, mental illness at all stages of life. We support investigations into foetal programming (where events within the womb can lead to long-term effects in later life), the perinatal mental health of parents, childhood and adolescent development, and mental health and wellbeing throughout...
26-Mar-2017
In case you are unaware of this amazing resource - check out Best Beginnings series of films that are ideal for training and as a starting point for opening up some often difficult topics with parents; also, the Baby Buddy App, as a must to pass on to parents.
10-Mar-2017
On Tuesday 7 March, Public Health England published Child Health Profiles 2017 which present data across 32 key health indicators of child health and wellbeing. The profiles provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England and are designed to help local organisations understand the health needs of their community and work in partnership to improve health in their local area. Alongside the PDF...
10-Mar-2017
The Best Start in Life Knowledge Hub brings together information and evidence to help commissioners, providers and professionals in commissioning for better outcomes during pregnancy and in the early years. It supports Public Health England’s national priority of ensuring every child has the Best Start in Life: every woman experiencing a healthy pregnancy; every child ready to learn at 2; every child ready for school at 5; and a reduction...
03-Feb-2017
This monthly eBulletin aims to provide high quality, up-to-date information on children's psychological and emotional wellbeing and mental health. 
30-Jan-2017
This the first RCPCH report on the ‘State of Child Health in the UK’. The report represents an immense amount of work, expertly led, executed with attention to detail and involving a wide range of staff and members offering their time and expertise.....this report can be accessed from the Libray page, Author RCPCH   
27-Jan-2017
PHE England - Child and Maternal Health Knowledge Update highlighting the latest news, events, reports, research and other resources relating to children, young people's and maternal health. 
27-Jan-2017
This newsletter bring you the latest news form the sector and government as the focus heightens on preparing for the 30 hours delivery from 1st September of this year.
27-Jan-2017
A reminder to all of this excellent book - 'Finding Your Way With Your Baby' - Dilys Daws, AIMH UK Co-Founder/Current Advisor, Alexandra Rementeria from the Tavistock and Portman - First Prize in Popular Medicine from the British Medical Association (BMA) Book Awards for their book Alexandra writes: The BMA awards prizes in 20 categories annually to recognize outstanding contributions to medical literature and we were honoured to...
27-Jan-2017
PHE England's monthly eBulletin aims to provide high quality, up-to- date information on children's psychological and emotional wellbeing and mental health.  
06-Jan-2017
Child and Maternal Health Knowledge Update highlights the latest news, events, reports, research and other resources relating to children, young people's and maternal health. 
02-Jan-2017
This is an exciting time for AIMH (UK). We are currently in transition to becoming a registered charity to enable us to widen the provision/services we offer to practitioners, to parents and the wider community. We are working too, with the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education (IJBPE) and have produced two Best Practice Guides to accompany the Journal, to date. We will be working with the IJBPE for a fixed amount of time and...
30-Dec-2016
Public Health England's December 2016 Perinatal and Infant Mental Health eBulletin highlighting the latest resources relating to perinatal and infant mental health 
27-Dec-2016
Back to basics here. A really good summary of attachment theory plus its clinical applications in this paper, by Zeanah, Berlin and Boris (access from the Library page, under Author  - 'Z', Zeanah, Charles H et al) very useful reference for anyone working with children, especially those at risk, or already in the care system. Plus, another paper looking at attachment disorganisation from a psychoanalytic perspective, elaborating...
09-Dec-2016
EIF Analysis Nov 2016. Nearly £17 billion per year – equivalent to £287 per person – is spent in England and Wales by the state on the cost of late intervention. This has not fallen since EIF's last report in 2015........
09-Dec-2016
Update highlighting the latest news, events, reports, research and other resources relating to children, young people's and maternal health. 
20-Nov-2016
This new study, looking at the economic, as well as the personal, benefits of helping mothers and babies where there is perinatal mental ill health, has just been released. A high-quality summary of the evidence for early intervention for this at-risk group of parents (there are others of course) that might help bring the argument home for the long term benefits of infant mental health teams in the community as well as working in...
07-Nov-2016
The importance of the first 1 000 days of life Astrid Berg Astrid Berg (2016) Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 28:2, iii-vi, DOI: 10.2989/17280583.2016.1223803  
19-Oct-2016
Celebrate Babies Week !  Preamble and Rationale We, as professionals and members of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) who work with infants and parents within different cultures and societies, affirm that there is a need to recognize specific Rights of Infants, beyond those which have already been specified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, adopted 1990). We fully support the...
01-Sep-2016
We are intent on making an impact on Government over the closure of Children's Centres and have set up a petition to accumulate as many signatures as possible to support #reopenallchildrenscentres, please click on the link above to access link to petition and share. 'Children’s centres serve the most deprived areas and have high levels of usage. Children attending such centres show a good level of development at EYFS, and...
30-Aug-2016
'All babies should receive consistent loving care' a common sense statement few would disagree with.......... There is a huge body of research that confirms that children flourish when they feel secure, when they are responded to sensitively, when they are talked with, and encouraged to develop their skills and explore their environment. The early months of life, from conception to age three, are when the infant brain is developing at...
27-Aug-2016
The Best Start in Life knowledge hub brings together information and evidence to help commissioners, providers and professionals in commissioning for better outcomes during pregnancy and in the early years. It supports Public Health England’s national priority of ensuring every child has the Best Start in Life: every woman experiencing a healthy pregnancy; every child ready to learn at 2; every child ready for school at 5; and a reduction...
27-Aug-2016
Welcome to the monthly Perinatal and Infant Mental Health eBulletin highlighting the latest resources relating to perinatal and infant mental health 
21-Aug-2016
New link to AAIMH Position Paper on Controlled Crying 
24-Jul-2016
Highlighting the latest resources relating to perinatal and infant mental health. 
24-Jul-2016
Update highlighting the latest news, events, reports, research and other resources relating to children, young people's and maternal health. 
12-Jul-2016
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., describes the mission of the Center on the Developing Child and its vision for using science to innovate in the early childhood field and fundamentally change the lives of children facing adversity.
08-Jul-2016
How parents, carers and nurseries support children’s brain development in the first five years.  The science is clear. In the first few years of life, a child’s brain develops rapidly, driven by a mix of experience, environment and genes. Children will continue to develop throughout childhood and into adulthood, but in the early years their brains are particularly sensitive. By contrast, the science shows that as a child...
06-Jun-2016
Launched today by the NSPCC, a summary of research evidence. When a young child experiences abuse or neglect and ends up in care they are at greater risk of mental health problems and other poor outcomes throughout their lives. 
06-Jun-2016
When a young child experiences abuse or neglect and ends up in care they are at greater risk of mental health problems and other poor outcomes throughout their lives......
26-May-2016
Public Health England: We hope that through the breadth of ‘Health Matters - giving every child the best start in life’ content, we have made the case for investment of time and money in early years services (from pregnancy to age 2) but a question may remain; what tools and resources are available to support professionals in making an...
20-May-2016
Communication in Pregnancy This Baby Friendly Initiative video explores the importance of sensitive, compassionate communication with expecting mothers. Antenatal conversations provide an opportunity for women to talk about how they can bond with their unborn baby, feeding options and the benefits of skin to skin contact for mother and baby. 
11-May-2016
For women at risk of having their children removed, therapy recommended by family courts is often denied because of a lack of funding.... 
09-May-2016
On behalf of Beatrice Beebe we would like to bring to your attention this new book to be published in July 2016. Purchase in GBP from Amazon  “This book by Beebe, Lachmann, and Cohen is the equivalent of finding a map that illustrates the actual routes – the moment-by-moment forms of action - that lead not only to the complex land of attachment, but to the richer and more complex world of relationships and how they are...
08-May-2016
A view from Suzanne Zeedyk (The Science of Human Connection) 
04-May-2016
4th and 5th May 2016. For practitioners and researchers working with families and babies from birth-3 months old (Brazelton NBAS is recommended in the Healthy Child Programme, 2009, DOH and the NBO and NBAS are recommended in the New Health Visiting Specification, 2014/2015) 
04-May-2016
 Obstetrics & Gynecology: May 2016 - Volume 127 - Issue 5 - p 926–933 doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001397 Contents: Original Research.  OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of antenatal depression symptoms with preterm birth and small for gestational age (SGA). METHODS: This was an observational cohort study conducted among women who completed Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale screening and delivered at 20 weeks...
28-Apr-2016
Harvard have delivered another superb clear and stimulating film http://developingchild.harvard.edu/about/what-we-do/global-work/saving-brains/
17-Apr-2016
We are delighted to be able to send you the link to the webpage re Health Education England's publication on Specialist Health Visitors in Perinatal & Infant Mental Health. We would be grateful if you could share this with your own professional networks. It is due to be launched nationally by HEE this week, targeting commissioners and service managers, as well as clinicians and other key stakeholders. The iHV will also be issuing a...
17-Apr-2016
Highlighting the latest news, events, reports, research and other resources relating to children, young people's and maternal health.
10-Apr-2016
How parents, carers and nurseries support children's brain development in the first five years. The science is clear. In the first few years of life, a child’s brain develops rapidly, driven by a mix of experience, environment and genes. Children will continue to develop throughout childhood and into adulthood, but in the early years their brains are particularly sensitive. By contrast, the science shows that as a child grows...
05-Apr-2016
Paul Bywaters, Lisa Bunting, Gavin Davidson, Jennifer Hanratty, Will Mason, Claire McCartan and Nicole Steils This report examines evidence on two key aspects of the relationship between poverty and child abuse and neglect: how poverty affects a child’s chance of being abused or neglected, and the impact abuse or neglect in childhood has on poverty in adult life. © Coventry University 2016 First published March 2016 by the...
04-Apr-2016
Childcare free entitlement: delivery model consultation The Childcare Bill has now received Royal Assent (Childcare Act 2016) and the Department for Education has launched a consultation on proposals for how the commitment to double free childcare for working parents of 3- and 4-year olds will be delivered. This seeks views on a range of issues including: ensuring the operation of a ‘grace period’ for parents; how places might be...
21-Mar-2016
International Journal of Birth & Parent Education Conference, University of Worcester. 'Parent Education Today - Walking the Walk' 
03-Mar-2016
Child and Maternal Health Knowledge Update - highlighting the latest news, events, reports, research and other resources relating to children, young people's and maternal health.
04-Feb-2016
February's eBulletin highlighting the latest resources relating to perinatal and infant mental health
03-Feb-2016
Please contribute in any way you can; including involving your local politicians as well as parents. This is a really good opportunity to get everyone thinking about the importance of the early years
01-Feb-2016
An anti-poverty strategy for the UK. Adam Butler and Jill Rutter, Family and Childcare Trust posted on-line January 2016. Around 2.3 million children in the UK are living below the Child Poverty Act 2010 relative poverty threshold, representing one-fifth of all children.....
29-Jan-2016
Sunday May 15th - ‘Mindful, Heartful Childhood’ - Adult Wellbeing Matters!  Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, National Children’s Day UK 2016 (NCDUK2016) aims to raise awareness about the importance of adult wellbeing for child wellbeing The aim of National Children's Day UK is to get as many people as possible to create events and activities that highlight and celebrate the Rights and Freedoms of...
22-Jan-2016
This will be useful to those wanting to establish a prenatal/infant mental health service or needing to argue against resources being withdrawn; or to any commissioner who wants to look at the level of need in their area. This perinatal and infant mental health needs assessment report has recently been published on the National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network...
21-Jan-2016
Here you will find a whole set of researched material to use with parents centred around enabling positive, stress-free, neurodevelopment in babies and young children. Even an App that can be downloaded for reminders. Developed in association with Zero to Three.
12-Jan-2016
The monthly Perinatal and Infant Mental Health eBulletin highlighting the latest resources relating to perinatal and infant mental health  
09-Jan-2016
Some very interesting papers added today. Papers on the Library page are in alphabetical order, by Author. Author: Child Development Perspective. 'The Development and Care of Institutionally Reared Children:  Author: NBER. 'The Effects of Two Influential Early Childhood interventions on Health and Healthy Behaviours....'  Author: Sciencemag.org. 'Labor Market Returns to an Early Childhood Stimulation...
08-Jan-2016
8 January 2016 - highlighting the latest news, events, reports, research and other resources relating to children, young people's and maternal health.
01-Jan-2016
An extract of the moment; a good speech from Graham Allen in the 'Conception to Age Two' debate at The House of Commons on 17 December 2015. 
01-Jan-2016
17 December 2015: House of Commons Full Debate
20-Dec-2015
'Tomorrow's Child' Art and Science project is inspired by the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto. This will unfold into a week long exhibition in Parliament, in conjunction with an Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 6-10 June 2016 to be launched nationally and sponsored by previous Children's Minister, Tim Loughton, Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham. This project will highlight the importance of the conception...
10-Oct-2015
Currently in the United Kingdom there is no standardised training in infant mental health for front line professionals who work with babies/children and their families. Infant Mental Health Online (IMHOL) is designed to address this need. 
10-Oct-2015
'Babies in Mind: Why the Parent's Mind Matters' is a free online course by the University of Warwick available on FutureLearn. This course will explore how the mind of the parent influences the developing mind of the child, from conception through infancy and into later life.
10-Oct-2015
May 29 - June 2 2016 - Theme: 'Infant Mental Health in a Rapidly Changing World: Conflict, Adversity and Resilience' - Call for Papers and Registration
11-Sep-2015
'Children & Young People Now' recent Report stating that more than 100 Children's Centres will close, or are under threat of closure,.
06-Sep-2015
A great resource. Lots of information on attachment, brain development and parenting among other topics. You can download all the papers, plus handouts for parents 
20-Aug-2015
Costs and benefits of iodine supplementation for pregnant women in a mildly to moderately iodine-deficient population: a modelling analysis.  Mark Monahan, MSc, Kristien Boelaert, PhD, Prof Kate Jolly, PhD, Shiao Chan, PhD, Pelham Barton, PhD, Prof Tracy E Roberts, PhD. Published Online: 09 August 2015 
07-Aug-2015
Press Release issued 
06-Aug-2015
Keep an eye out on the Conference Page for speakers presentations to download, coming soon!
06-Aug-2015
A report to consider how financial incentives could be used to improve the quality and effectiveness of maternity, children and young people’s services 
30-Jul-2015
Supporting the quality and use of serious case reviews in children’s safeguarding The NSPCC, Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) and The College of Social Work (TCSW) have formed a partnership to improve the quality of Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and how their learning is used to improve practice. The Serious Case Reviews: Learning into Practice Project (LiPP) is being funded by DfE’s Innovation...
05-Jul-2015
Child and Maternal Health Knowledge Update highlighting the latest news, events, reports, research and other resources relating to children, young people's and maternal health. 
04-Jul-2015
Launch date 15 June 2015, respond by 10 August 2015.  The government is undertaking a review of the costs of providing childcare in England. This call for evidence is part of that review and will inform its findings. To: Nurseries, Primary Schools, Children Centres, Maintained nursery schools, Independent nursery schools, Childminders, Private/voluntary providers of day care, Childcare or early years organisations, Parents and...
01-Jul-2015
People looking to work in childcare will be given more help to reach the high levels needed to give children the best start in life, Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah (1 July 2015).
30-Jun-2015
For those of you who do not get this newsletter follow this link to be able to download a set of activity sheets that cover the whole age span to adolescence. Very useful handouts for children’s centres, IMH services, health visitors, CAMHS and schools, etc.  This newsletter is well worth subscribing to. The Training Modules are excellent at first glance. They appear to be freely available and so could be used in conjunction...
30-Jun-2015
InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health. The foundation for sound mental health begins in early childhood. As early experiences and relationships interact with genes, they shape brain architecture. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning, behavior, and emotional control.  The foundation for sound mental health begins in early childhood.  
24-Jun-2015
MRI scan shows Chinese babies adopted by French-speaking Canadian families retain 'unconscious' knowledge of their mother tongue
09-Jun-2015
Now is the time to think about applying for a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travel fellowship. Take advantage of this unrivalled opportunity, (one year left on this one!) It gives you a chance to go anywhere in the world to look at specialised early intervention services and bring back expertise and knowledge to apply over here. They call it "a chance of a lifetime" and that is true. It applies to anyone regardless of age or...
29-May-2015
Early Intervention Foundation : Link to an innovative video of how brain development is enhanced by positive early experiences.
29-May-2015
Time for Government to put prevention first ! A new report published by Community Links Trust Ltd: Early Action Task Force.  
29-May-2015
A great first reveiw for this excellent new book: 'Finding your way with your baby - the emotional life of parents and babies' Dilys Daws and Alexandra de Rementeria - Routledge
27-Apr-2015
New Report, April 2015. Closing the gaps in community perinatal mental health services. NSPCC Susan Galloway with Sally Hogg
15-Apr-2015
Uploaded onto the library page. Author: NSPCC. 'An Unfair Sentence: All Babies Count, Spotlight on the Criminal Justice System'  This report is one of a series of Spotlight reports published as part of the NSPCC’s All Babies Count campaign1 . All Babies Count aims to raise awareness of the importance of pregnancy and the first year of life to a child’s development. Existing reports in this series...
27-Mar-2015
An important new report from the Early Intervention Foundation 'The Best Start at Home. What works to improve the quality of parent-child interventions from conception to age 5 years? A rapid review of interventions' You will find this report on the Library Page under Early Intervention Foundation. 
18-Mar-2015
AIMH Workshop 7/2/15 - 'Promoting Attunement in Parent Infant Groups and in their Environment' Monika Celebi (Parent Infant Psychotherapist OXPIP) and Norma Thompson (Children Centre Manager, Florence Park Children's Centre, Oxford) 
18-Mar-2015
AIMH Workshop 7/2/15 - 'Strengthening Parent and Infant Relationships in a Universal Baby Clinic' - Jessica James (Parent Infant Group Psychotherapist OXPIP) and Nancy Jirira (Team Lead Health Visiting Camden) 
13-Mar-2015
The monthly Perinatal and Infant Mental Health eBulletin highlighting the latest resources relating to perinatal and infant mental health.
08-Mar-2015
'More needs to be done to tackle problems arising in the crucial 1,001 days between conception and the age of two, a parliamentary group says.The cross-party group wants more emphasis on mental and emotional wellbeing, secure parental attachment and preventing child maltreatment' 
08-Mar-2015
Highlighting the latest news, events, reports, research and other resources relating to children, young people's and maternal health.
26-Feb-2015
A baby’s brain needs love to develop. What happens in the first year is profound. In this current issue of National Geographic this article describes the upsurge of knowledge about the importance of early brain development in a very accessible and well written manner, mentioning many different strands of current research...... 
25-Feb-2015
To mark ESRC's 50th anniversary they are celebrating the social sciences and how they have contributed to society. Throughout the year they will highlight selected achievements within social science research over the last 50 years - some well-known, others that deserve wider recognition - but all important works of research that have had a major impact on our lives. Birth to Three Matters
25-Feb-2015
Released today. The cost of failing to deal adequately with perinatal mental health and child maltreatment has been estimated at £23billion each year. As this report shows the two are closely linked and more importantly largely avoidable. That is the equivalent of more than two thirds of the annual Defence Budget going on a problem that is widespread and when unchecked passes from one poorly parented generation to the...
19-Feb-2015
Pre and post-measures study. Denise Coster, Helen Brookes and Camilla Sanger
19-Feb-2015
Summary Document. Sally Hogg, Denise Coster and Helen Brookes
19-Feb-2015
Wednesday 16 September 2015 - Antenatal Mental Health : Keeping the Baby in Mind. This conference will provide a forum to examine the moral, scientific and economic case for investment in the antenatal period bringing together science and policy. Keynote speakers include: Sir Al Aynsley Green, Professor Vivette Glover, Professor Jane Barlow, Professor Susan Ayers, Dr Trudi Seneviratne, Dr Susan Pawlby, Dr Nadja Reissland and more
18-Feb-2015
An absolute must-read, published 16 February 2015 ! This book explores the emotional experience of the baby in the first year, and that of the mother, father and other significant adults. It does so in a way that is deeply informed by psychoanalytic understandings, infant observation, developmental science and decades of clinical experience....... Dilys Daws and Alexandra de Rementeria.  
18-Feb-2015
Research based guidelines for screen use for children under 3 years old. Are screens bad for babies and toddlers? This is a critical question as the majority of young children—as young as 6 months—are using screen media, and parents are confused about what kind and how much media their children should be consuming. Unfortunately, research findings on screen media are rarely translated in a way that is useful to parents; and much of...
18-Jan-2015
Maternal Health Behaviours and Child Growth in Infancy. Analyses of the Infant Cohort of the 'Growing up in Ireland' Study. Richard Layte & Cathal McCrory. October 2014. Copyright Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, 2014.
29-Dec-2014
This booklet for practitioners aims to celebrate the unique characteristics and development of children who are two years old, and to show how exciting and dynamic this period of each child's life can be..... 
31-Oct-2014
Looking for data and statistics about children and young people ?....re-designed and updated Data Directory - children young people and maternity
22-Oct-2014
The cost of perinatal mental health problems
22-Oct-2014
Just released. Centre for Mental Health. The cost of Perinatal Mental Health Problems.  
21-Sep-2014
A baby's first smile is an exciting moment. But what can it tell us about their understanding of the world?. "Laughter and smiles start incredibly early, just like tears," says Dr Caspar Addyman, a baby laughter researcher at Birkbeck College in London, article by BBC News......
05-Sep-2014
Royal  College of Midwives Report. For many, becoming a new parent is a time of joy and one to be treasured. However, we know that for others the postnatal period becomes one of pain, discomfort and the ‘baby blues’. But are we in fact overlooking a deeper and more worrying problem when it comes to mental health?
29-Aug-2014
BBC News 20 August 2014 article by James Gallagher
22-Aug-2014
Working as a speech and language therapist during the 1980′s and 90′s, I noticed that children were learning how to talk competently but were increasingly presenting with signs of behavioural, social and emotional problems. I set out to find the answer to this conundrum. As a speech and language therapist, I thought that as long as a child had good understanding of language then all would be well. How wrong I was! www.mini-kin.com
22-Aug-2014
Sue Gerhardt shows that science is discovering the critical importance of the first two to three years of a child’s life and suggests that that’s where funding should be concentrated Conventional wisdom has it that funding should focus mainly on tertiary education. Here Sue Gerhardt shows that science is discovering the critical importance of the first two to three years of a child’s life and suggests that that’s where...
17-Jul-2014
New data has revealed that almost half of pregnant women and new mothers do not have access to specialist perinatal mental health services, potentially leaving them and their babies, at risk....
17-Jun-2014
Here is Penelope's brief description of the book
08-Apr-2014
NHS England and the Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network have developed a health profile of public health outcomes relating to early years (children aged 0-5 years). Read more.
30-Mar-2014
Action for Children wins campaign to outlaw emotional abuse of children. Read more.
23-Mar-2014
Promoting parent-Child Relationships. Attachment based early intervention programmes with proven results, equipping practitioners with the necessary tools to help vulnarable familes.
23-Mar-2014
Information on this new book by Penelope Leaches. Click here for information.
13-Mar-2014
By Patrick Howse BBC News, Education reporter Overuse of baby equipment and electronic screens can impede the physical and emotional development of under-threes, a charity has warned. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26559872