Here are our latest news items, other interesting items available in our archive.
The debate regarding whether parents should leave infants to ‘cry it out’ has been raised again lately with the findings of a new study showing that:
while the use of this technique was rare when a baby was born, it increased over the child’s first 18 months…What should we make of this finding and others? Two issues are of crucial important…
Results from a survey of 1040 practising Health Visitors – conclusion states that ‘there is a predictable and significant deterioration in the quality and quantity of health visiting provision in many areas of England with considerable unwarranted variation in the level of service that families receive, dependent on where they live rather than their level of need
Applying the Science of Early Childhood Development
Separation and Detention of Migrant Children and Families
The science of early childhood development tells us the sudden, forcible separation of children from their parents is deeply traumatic for both…….
Rollout of £1 million for counselling and befriending.
New mums at risk of poor mental health will be given access to increased support including counselling and befriending services.
AIMH (UK) offers three awards in recognition of individuals, from the UK who have made important contributions to the infant mental health community in the course of their careers. Each year AIMH (UK) invites nominations from the fields of health, mental health, early care and education and early intervention.
Andrea Leadsom MP launches the first Infant Mental Health Competencies Framework (IMHCF) – 1st May 2019, House of Commons, London
The care and nurturing of the mental health in infants and children creates the necessary foundation for a stable society. The Competencies Framework will ensure that healthcare practitioners have access to training and resources, the benefits of which will be far-reaching…..
Understanding and responding to young children’s distress is vital to their future mental health. Distress and comfort are part and parcel of everyday interactions in early years settings but the way young children are seen and understood to communicate distress, and the way adults are observed to respond, varies enormously..
Friday 14 June 2019, Mercers Hall, London EC2V 8HE. This conference provided attendees with the opportunity to learn about the most recent evidence regarding trauma in infancy, and what we should be doing to prevent and treat it.
The North West London Local Maternity System has launched a new maternity app called ‘mum and baby’ which will act as a woman’s personal guide for her pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Here you can read about the latest meeting and exciting new work on a shared framework about infant mental health. The latest APPG meeting was held on 27 November 2018. More information below
Elizabeth Bryan was a highly respected consultant paediatrician at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea hospital, London, from 1979 to 2005 and an international expert on and writer of four books about twins and author of a moving and courageous memoir, Singing the Life,...
From ITVREPORT July 2018. This report from the NSPCC claims that over 100k abused or neglected children are not having mental health needs met. Research shows that adults who have suffered abuse in childhood are twice as likely to develop clinical depression. The...
An excellent article here from The Guardian that addresses the need to give new and expectant mothers access to mental health services during pregnancy and childbirth across England over the next year. This is extremely good news as health officials begin to focus on...
4th April 2018
A link here to a new film put together by the Sussex Perinatal Service that might be of interest. It has a nice way of presenting the topic of maternal mental illness and getting help, all in the voice of the parent. It might be useful for midwives to show (it is less than 5 minutes long) in any pre natal class / group. A gentle introduction to a sometimes stressful topic.
1st March 2018
Public Health England (PHE) collects and analyses available child and maternal health data and produces intelligence resources to help with improving services and outcomes. This guidance supports commissioners, service planners and other healthcare professionals with using these resources to make or influence decisions about services that improve the health of children, young people and pregnant women
24th February 2018
New analysis from the Children’s Commissioner for England reveals, for the first time, the scale of vulnerability among children in England. These reports bring together a range of information held by various government departments, agencies and others. Its initial analysis reveals a host of shocking statistics about the number of children living in vulnerable situations……
23rd February 2018
Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health and Secretary of State for Education by Command of Her Majesty – December 2017. Crown Copyright 2017. This green paper builds on Future in Mind and the ongoing expansion of NHS-funded provision, and sets out our ambition to go further to ensure that children and young people showing early signs of distress are always able to access the right help, in the right setting
AIMH UK RESPONSE TO PARLIAMENT RE GREEN PAPER: Transforming Young People and Children’s Mental Health Provision
23rd February 2018
Although recognizing that there are many positive proposals in the Green Paper, AIMH UK had major changes to suggest. Our response is in letter format as online questions provided for consultation did not address, or allow space for our main concerns; you can access the letter from the link above and then