Details of further objectives and related interventions are available underneath each aim.
- Promote parent-infant interaction that is sensitive/attuned and high in reflective function
- Promote secure attachment
- Support the development of new roles
- Prepare men and women for the social changes and emotional challenges of the transition to parenthood
- Development of communication and conflict resolution skills
- Encourage mental wellbeing
- Support healthy couple relationships
- Support the development of social networks
- Identify mental health problems early and create a culture where parents are confident to seek help
- Identify parents with Universal Plus level needs (e.g. anxiety/depression, unwanted pregnancy, learning or physical disability, lack of social support, care leavers etc)
- Identify parents with Partnership Plus needs (e.g. unresolved loss, substance dependence, severe mental illness, domestic abuse)
The Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS)
The NBAS is is a neuro-behavioural assessment of the newborn, designed to document the newborn's contribution to the parent-infant system, the competencies and individual differences of the newborn, as well as any difficulties. The main feature of the NBAS is that it is an interactive assessment, which gives a clear profile of the baby's behaviour, and how it must feel to parent the infant.
Britt GC and Myers BJ (1994) The effects of Brazelton intervention: a review. Infant Mental Health Journal, 15, 278-292
Newborn Behavioural Observations Systems Training (NBO)
Use of the Newborn Behavioural Observations Systems Training (NBO) The NBO is a relationship-building tool between practitioner and parent, that supports the developing parent-infant relationship, and provides an introduction to their infant’s behaviour.
'Getting to know your baby’ app and website
App/website for Health visitors/other practitioners to use with parents who are pregnant or with babies under 6 months to enhance appropriate parent infant interaction.
Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
A Relationship-Based Intervention to help improve communication and interaction, promote empathy and wellbeing. Video interaction guidance is an intervention through which a “guider” aims to enhance communication within relationships. It works by engaging clients actively in a process of change towards realizing their own hopes for a better future in their relationships with others who are important to them. Guiders are themselves guided by the values and beliefs around respect and empowerment.
Fukkink, R. G. (2008). Video feedback in widescreen: A meta-analysis of family programs Clinical Psychology Review 28(6): 904-916.
The Tavistock 'Under Fives' infant mental health service
The service is for parents and babies or toddlers who are struggling with the ordinary problems of development. Services are delivered to those who have a worry relating to their baby or young child, whether it is temporary or long standing, major or minor. A variety of talking therapies may be offered. (http://www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/underfivesmentalhealthservice)
Mellow Babies programme has undergone a randomized waiting list controlled trial. Clinically and statistically significant positive effects on maternal depression and Mother child interaction
Parents Under Pressure
Parents with drug or alcohol misuse, who have a child under 2 in their care receive a 20 week programme which aims to support family functioning, develop parenting skills and caring relationships with infants.
Minding the Baby
NSPCC delivered intensive home visiting programme for vulnerable and at risk first time mothers under 25 and their babies. Delivered by social workers and health staff. Currently being evaluated.