Infant Mental Health Competencies Framework (IMHCF)

Competencies are the skills, knowledge and behaviours that enable practitioners to deliver high-quality care and the continuous improvement of services. This competency framework has been developed for all staff working with infants and their parent/s/caregivers from pregnancy to the second year of life, to support parent/s/caregiver to promote healthy infant development. It is informed by research, theory and evidence-based practice, and designed to raise standards of care for families by supporting all staff to optimize their learning and skills.

The IMHCF will ensure that practitioners have the ability to support parent(s) or caregiver(s) to promote the socio-emotional development of infants. It represents one of the first attempts to standardise competencies for infant mental health practice.

Leading the way with this initiative is the Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH (UK)) in partnership with the International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY).