Enhancing the Parent-Infant Relationship through Training Volunteers


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.    


A review of the integrated parent-infant mental health care-pathway in Tameside and Glossop indicated that more support was required for parents who were at risk due to mild to moderate mental health needs. In partnership with Home Start, the Tameside and Glossop Early Attachment Service and Tameside Health Visiting Service developed an enhanced training for volunteers, delivered by a Home Start Parent-Infant Mental Health Coordinator, a Health Visitor and staff from the Early Attachment Service. 




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