Friday, 8 January 2010

National Perinatal and Infant Mental Health network

Here is a selection from National Perinatal and Infant Mental Health network information for December.

It is a great way of hearing what is going on in this area - sign up to receive it and contribute if appropriate.
Contact Janet Cobb on or for more information.
See for full list of networks

Janet has agreed for me to reproduce it here - thank you!
02 - FASD
03 - Building Character
Report from Demos investigates how parenting style influences the development of character in
the early years. Using a typology that measures four different parenting styles – tough love,
laissez-faire, authoritarian and disengaged - they found that ‘tough love’ children are more than
twice as likely to display strong character capability in the early years than those with ‘disengaged’
04 - Time trends in parenting and Outcomes for Young people
This briefing from the Nuffield Foundation looks at whether changes in parenting can explain time
trends in young people’s problem behaviour. The study did not find that there was a decline in
parenting over recent decades. There was Evidence that parent’s mental health has declined
more in disadvantaged groups
05 - When Couples Part: Understanding the Consequences for Adults and Children
This international literature review from One Plus One, looks at the consequences of couple
relationship breakdown for adults and children.
06 - Competition

Booktrust are piloting a maternity pack containing books, rhymes and songs and guidance materials to be given out by midwives to vulnerable mothers to be at 24 weeks pregnancy with the aim of engaging with baby whilst in utero.

We have launched a competition to find a name for our new maternity pack, if you would like to suggest a name (the only rule is that the name must contain reference to books) and win £100 worth of books for your clinic please let me know

If you would like further information about the project please do not hesitate to contact me.

Elaine Bielby

Booktrust National Development Manager for Health Partnerships I 01522 804584 07826937473

Booktrust l Book House l 45 East Hill l London l SW18 2QZ l
07 - Getting it Right for Children and Families
This DH guide is for health visitors and their teams, provider managers, commissioners and
educationalists. It sets out the contribution that health visitors and teams can make to health and
wellbeing and public health.
08 - Supporting social care for families and children: An introduction to SCIE’s resources
A new booklet presenting SCIE’s range of resources for families and children’s social care.
09 - IMH Projects

Can people copy me into any replies

Hi All
I'm interested to find out what IMH projects are currently running across the UK, particularly in Wales?

Thank you for any help


Anne Mc Lavy.
10 - Mental Health Support for mothers in Children Centres

Through the National parent and Infant Mental Health Network I heard you were looking for examples of support for mothers with mental health problems offered through Children centres.
I have been providing a project in Stockport at a Children Centre a project called Mums in Art which has been running for 3.45 years. I have attached the annual report for 2008-09, the artist report and the report from a focus group of mothers who had attended Mums in Art under taking by a public health researcher.
If you need any more information please let me know.

Please note from October 1st 2009 my email will be

Rose Tyldesley
Specialist Community Practitioner Mental Health

Community Health Stockport
6th Floor,
Regent House,
Heaton Lane,
Mobile no 07900681385 0161 426 5934
11 - NHS Baby LifeCheck
NHS Baby LifeCheck was launched on Monday 10th August for parents and carers with babies 5-8 months old. It is based on the DH publication ‘Birth to five’ and provides current information and useful advice about what parents can do to help keep their baby healthy, happy and safe. The service has been developed by the DH in consultation with doctors, parents, carers, nurses, midwives and health visitors. The site has generated an excellent response with approximately 65,000 hits in the first two months following launch.
The free online service follows a four step process:
1. Asks questions about development, talking and playing, safety, feeding, teething, sleeping, immunisation and being a parent
2. Provides tailored responses giving advice and support in a non judgemental way and includes top tips and feedback videos throughout
3. Provides the user with a goal setting section
4. Signposts them to further help and information

To visit the site click
12 - Popular Pregnancy Book and Birth to Five updated
Two key DH publications, The Pregnancy Book and Birth to Five have been revised. The books have been a vital source of information for mums-to-be and new parents for over ten years, offering the latest information on issues that matter to them. The books will be given free to all expectant women and new parents by their midwives and health visitors.
Evidence has shown that the books are extremely popular and a trusted authority on all aspects of maternity and early years. By providing in-depth support, useful contact information and advice on rights and benefits, the books are an excellent addition to the support provided by the maternity and health visiting teams.
The books’ content has been updated to reflect new policies, changing social trends and advice and guidance. The design has been modernised to reflect a more contemporary style so they are more accessible. The language and tone has become more positive, encouraging, engaging and useful.

The Pregnancy Book aims:
• To provide a complete guide to pregnancy, ensuring the mother, her partner and baby have support throughout the whole process.
• To explain the different aspects of pregnancy, ensuring optimal health and wellbeing of all involved.

• To help midwives and health visitors explain the pregnancy process and act as an addition to their advice, ensuring they have support in their work.
• There is already an online version of the Pregnancy Book, ‘The Pregnancy Care Planner’ tool was launched in August 2008.
This tool has been updated in line with the revisions and can be accessed by clicking

Birth to Five aims:
• To introduce parents to the Healthy Child Programme for the first years of life, explaining issues like immunisation as part of the universal service provided for all children.
• To provide a guide to the early years of life, ensuring mother, her partner and baby have support throughout this time.
• To explain in an encouraging and engaging manner, the different aspects of the first five years of life, ensuring optimal health and wellbeing of all involved.
• To support mothers and fathers in their new role as parents.
• To reinforce and act as an addition to the advice from midwives and health visitors, ensuring they have support in their profession
• An online version of the Birth to Five book is available by clicking

to view a PDF of the Pregnancy Book and
to view a PDF of Birth to Five on the DH website.
13 - Improving Practice to Protect Children in Wales: An examination of the Role of Serious Case Reviews
CSSIW commissioned a review of the arrangements for conducting serious case reviews in Wales and their effectiveness in improving practice and interagency working. This report presents the findings of the review.
14 - New approach to case reviews
This film introduces a methodology for conducting case reviews and serious case reviews (SCRs), called the systems approach.
15 - Discussion group for bereaved families
FSID's new discussion group for families who have suffered the sudden and unexpected death of a baby.
16 - Birth to Five (2009 edition)

Birth to Five has been revised and will be given free to all parents in England. The book is a trusted authority on all aspects of early years. It provides in-depth support, useful contact information and advice on rights and benefits. The book’s content has been updated to reflect new policies, changing social trends and advice and guidance. The design has been modernised to reflect a more contemporary style.
17 - Healthy Child Programme: Pregnancy and the first five years of life

The Healthy Child Programme for the early life stages focuses on a universal preventative service, providing families with a programme of screening, immunisation, health and development reviews, supplemented by advice on health, well-being and parenting. This document gives guidance on pregnancy and the first five years.
18 - The pregnancy book 2009

The Pregnancy Book has been revised and will be given free to expectant mothers and parents in England. The book is a trusted authority on all aspects of maternity. It provides in-depth support, useful contact information and advice on rights and benefits. The book’s content has been updated to reflect new policies, changing social trends and advice and guidance. The design has been modernised to reflect a more contemporary style.
19 - Online early years self-evaluation form amendments: Changes to the online early years self-evaluation form from October 2009
This document details the main changes made to the online early years self-evaluation form on 29 October 2009, as well as how information previously recorded on the online early years self-evaluation will be brought forward to the revised form.
20 - Early home learning matters: A good practice guide
This guide has been written to support good practice for all those working with parents of very young children, to involve them in early learning, as well as those involved in planning early years services. It is about supporting parents, fathers as well as mothers, to provide the kind of relationships and experiences at home that very young children need in order to flourish – while enjoying family life and time together.
21 - Knowing what you do works: Measuring your own effectiveness with families, parents and children: a short guide
The Family and Parenting Institute have published a short guide for practitioners to measure their effectiveness and the impact of individual pieces of work with families, parents and children.

23 - Parents Guide to Money
Whether you work with families or are starting your own, you will know that staying in control of your finances can be a challenge. On this site you will find lots of information, resources, leaflets and some fun extras for the kids.

24 - Children in immigrant families in eight affluent countries: their family, national and international context
The focus of this report is, especially, children in families with origins in low, lower-middle and upper-middle income countries. The circumstances and future prospects of children in immigrant families are important to the children themselves and their parents, but also to the countries in which the families have settled. When these children become adults, they will constitute substantial portions of the work force that will provide for the retirement of the elderly, the voters who will contribute to the political discourse of their nations and the parents who will rear the next generation from birth to adulthood. The current well-being of children with immigrant parents will have a profound impact on the prospects of these families and the nations in which the children live for years and decades to come. The results presented in this report cover eight highincome countries (HICs): Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland,the United Kingdom and the United States
25 - Serious case review evaluations: April 2007 onwards
The responsibility for the evaluation of serious case reviews transferred to Ofsted from the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) in April 2007. Local Safeguarding Children Boards undertake serious case reviews where a serious incident occurs involving a child and abuse or neglect is known or suspected. The list show the serious case reviews carried out by local authorities that Ofsted reviewed.
26 - Dad Info: New ante-natal programme for dads launches
The Fatherhood Institute is inviting Children’s Centres and other family services to take part in the UK version of a groundbreaking American ante-natal peer support programme for dads-to-be.
27 - CAMPIP Conference
Dear Members - I have added some information for you to download in the News section of the website on a day conference held by CAMPIP on Thinking Together - parental and infant mental health - Keeping Parents and Babies in Mind across Child and Adult Services. Please contact CAMPIP direct for any further information you may require.

Best wishes
28 - Getting it right for children and families
This guide is for health visitors and their teams, provider managers, commissioners and educationalists. It sets out the contribution that health visitors and teams can make to health and wellbeing and public health.
29 - PCT funding allocations for child death reviews
(Gateway reference number: 13079)
The Staying Safe: Action Plan (2008) announced additional funding of £10 million per annum, over the period 2008/09 to 2010/11, to support health professionals participating in the new statutory child death review processes. The department confirms that for 2009/10 and 2010/11, the same amounts as 2008/09 have been included in the general uplift in PCT allocations.


Action: PCT chief executives will wish to discuss this with their commissioners and appropriate safeguarding professionals to ensure they are meeting these costs out of their existing allocations.
31 - New Infant & Toddler resources now available
32 - DH: When mums need help most
New research released today has revealed that, after the understandable flurry in the first eight weeks of motherhood, the period when first-time mums have the most questions about their babies’ development can be pin-pointed to five months and one week after they have given birth.
33 - Healthy Child Programme
Healthy Child Programme: the two year review
The two year review aims to optimize child development and emotional wellbeing, and to
reduce inequalities. It provides practitioners, particularly health visitors, with information
and tools to use with parents.

Healthy Child Programme from 5 to 19 years old
The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) from 5 to 19 year olds sets out the recommended framework
of universal and progressive services for children and young people to promote optimal health and

Healthy Child Programme: pregnancy and the first five years of life
The Healthy Child Programme for the early life stages focuses on a universal preventative service,
providing families with a programme of screening, immunisation, health and development reviews,
supplemented by advice around health, wellbeing and parenting.
34 - URGENT: DCSF call for information about mental health support to parents and infants

We gave provided emotional support to parents for about 8 years. We have both trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapist from different disciplines including art therapy. We carefully match the clients with the counsellor/therapist as well as the approach. If have very little links to statutory mental health services and have tried, but are as we are voluntary organisation we are seen as such. If you need any more information do not hesitate to contact me. thanks, Christa

Christa Scholtz - MA psychotherapy
Scheme Manager
Home-Start Westminster
3 Rossmore Road
Tel: 0207 724 1345
Tel/Fax:0207 724 1345
Mob: 07931 539097
35 - Safeguarding Children and Young People e-learning
(Gateway reference number: 12891)
Developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health with DH e-Learning for Healthcare, this free e-learning resource helps address the training gaps relating to safeguarding children and young people, recently identified by the Care Quality Commission.

36 - ‘Preparing for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond’ Project
The DH, in partnership with DCSF, is working on renewing antenatal education and preparation for parenthood in England. This follows commitments made in Health Inequalities: progress and next steps and the Child Health Strategy: Healthy Lives, Brighter Futures. The aim is to offer a progressive universal programme for all mothers and fathers-to-be and new parents with a special emphasis on benefiting the most disadvantaged children and families. The programme will take forward government policies on inequalities, infant mortality, relationships, and Think Family. Given the financial challenges facing public services this project will incorporate the quality, innovation, productivity and prevention framework (QIPP), take a robust approach to evidence and focus on making the most of the expansion of wider children’s services, new media, building family and community self-sufficiency

Work to date
During the foundation phase we have:
• Completed a literature review of evidence by Warwick University
• Surveyed the views of a wide cross-section of service-users, with a focus on disadvantaged families who traditionally do not use these services
• Developed the theoretical underpinning for the programme
• Learnt about existing practice in the NHS and Third Sector
• Established the Expert Reference Group (chaired by Naomi Eisenstadt)

Learning from the foundation stage
The Expert Reference Group distilled the above findings and identified some of the approaches that need to underpin a new programme. These include:
• A focus on promoting the optimum environment and experience for the baby and in particular their neurological development
• Seeing this period as a significant psycho-social and biological life transition, a time for personal growth, relationship change and for acquiring skills for life – greater support for mental health
• To combine antenatal and post-natal learning and recognise that each trimester of pregnancy is different
• Whilst there are common experiences there are also big differences between individuals and groups that any programme needs to be able to respond to
• Fathers also vary and have particular needs and expectations
• Using the Family Nurse Partnership approach e.g. guiding style, strength based, future orientated, relationship based, covering wide ranging domains
• Focus on relationships (baby/mother, baby/father, mother/father, wider family, practitioner/mother, practitioner/father etc)
• Understanding the complexity of making choices and changes, creating space and helping people to explore the tensions, hopes and meaning of becoming a parent and giving birth for them
• Changing the role of public services and support developments taking place outside the system
• Recognising and addressing the significance of the act of birth
• Investment in evidence-based intensive programmes, such as FNP, for the 2-5% of families where the outcomes are likely to be very poor
• Better matching of what is offered to individuals - based on anticipated outcomes and needs (PREview project)

Next Steps
We are now working with our experts and stakeholders on the model of learning and domains to be covered. We will go on to describe the universal and progressive elements within a financially constrained public sector, before deciding on the project outputs. We are also developing and testing a group care model using FNP in Nottingham and Stoke-on-Trent.

For further information:
Caroline Simpson, Project Lead at Telephone: 07879 434840
37 - New Picture Bank from CHANGE!

In 2007 CHANGE has published “You and Your Little Child 1-5”, the ultimate accessible resource for parents of small children. This beautifully crafted and fully illustrated book has been a hit with hundreds of parents all across the country and even internationally.

Now, CHANGE is proud to present the “You and Your Little Child 1 -5” Picture Bank. This Picture Bank CD ROM is loaded with over a thousand images from the pages of the book. And because this invaluable resource is from CHANGE, it couldn’t be easier to use. Simply drag and drop or copy and paste images into your documents to produce great looking easy read materials.

The “You and Your Little Child 1 – 5” Picture Bank covers everything from bedtimes routines, parenting skills and spending quality time, to healthy eating and keeping your child safe. If you work with parents with learning disabilities, parents who find reading hard or simply want to communicate in a manner accessible to everyone, you cannot afford to miss out on the “You and Your Little Child 1 – 5” Picture Bank.

Order your copy from CHANGE now at!

39 - Questionnaire
Dear All
I am writing to you at the suggestion of Cathy Freese, the National Perinatal Mental Health Project Lead
I have been commissioned by the National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU) to produce a report on the current state of perinatal mental health provision in the country – with a particular focus on provision for Black and minority ethnic (BME) women.

I would be most grateful if you could let me know what is happening in your area. To assist you, we have devised a questionnaire with the support of others with expertise in this area – a copy is attached. I would be most grateful if you would complete it and return asap.

If you do not feel that you are the most appropriate person to do this, I would be grateful if you would pass the message on to the person(s) who you think would be better positioned to provide valid, up to date information about perinatal mental healthcare in your area. Please accept my apologies if you receive multiple copies!

I would be happy to discuss this further with you if you think a conversation would help to clarify any matters

As the NMHDU are keen to have this information as quickly as possible, I should be most grateful if you would respond at your earliest convenience
I look forward to hearing from you in due course
Best regards

Dr Dawn Edge
Research Fellow
Room 5.333, University Place
Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7650
40 - Access to Teenage Workshop, Paper

Dear Members

Professor Joan Raphael-Leff has kindly sent us her paper based on her presentation in June from our
Workshop: 'Adolescence as a Second Chance - Working with Teenage Parents and Their Babies' You will find this to save and download on the Publications page of our website (use address

Best wishes
41 - Young parents get helping hand

It is well known that teenage pregnancy and health inequalities are closely linked. With Britain having one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Western Europe, the issue is a major contributing factor to health gaps seen up and down the country....

I hope you have found this useful!

Elaine Hanzak

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A new national Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) network has been launched for people interested in, involved with or with experience of PIMH. For women with mental health problems who become pregnant or for pregnant women who develop a mental illness, it is vital that they have joined-up services that support them in an integrated way.Mio Navman M400