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New Infant and Family Wellbeing course at Warwick Medical School

A range of new courses have been developed at Warwick Medical School to help health professionals understand new ways of working with families during pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life.

Warwick Medical School will take its next cohort of students in October 2010 for the Infant and Wellbeing Course.

The course is being led by Professor Jane Barlow, Professor of Public Health and Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit (WIFWU), and Dr Angela Underdown, Associate Professor of Public Health and Deputy Director of WIFWU.

 Professor Barlow has recently written a research review on safeguarding practices for child welfare services. Her paper found radical changes were needed in the early support that families are offered so that babies could experience a healthy start and the risks of abuse and neglect prevented.

Professor Barlow said: “Pregnancy and the first three years of life are critical in terms of prevention and early intervention. This course is for a wide range of health professionals and it addresses key issues including effective ways of improving the social, emotional and psychological wellbeing of infants, and reducing health and social inequalities.”

The course is multidisciplinary and is designed for health visitors, family and children’s centre leads, midwives, community paediatricians, GPs and social workers. It will be of particular interest to professionals involved in the delivery of the revised Child Health Promotion Programme 0-3 years.

Successful completion of the course will count towards a postgraduate qualification.

To find out more, visit www.warwick.ac.uk/go/wms-cpd

Notes to editors

For more information, contact Kelly Parkes-Harrison, Communications Manager, University of Warwick, k.e.parkes@warwick.ac.uk, 02476 150483, 07824 540863