Infant mental health

The Parent-Infant Foundation has published findings from an online survey of 283 practitioners working in NHS infant, children and/or young people’s mental health services across the UK, looking at the provision of services for children of different ages, and whether their training and professional development had equipped them to work with infants. The survey found that professionals said that their training does not equip them to work effectively with the youngest children; with 26% stating that they had not been trained to work with 0–2-year-olds, and 48% had not had experience of working with this age group during their training. Respondents rated their understanding of infant mental health at an average of 3.27 out of 5, and their confidence in working with parents and babies as 2.98 out of 5.

Read the news story:  New survey finds ‘baby blindspot’ in children and young people’s mental health provision
Read the report: Where are the infants in children and young people’s mental health? (PDF)

Source: Parent-Infant Foundation

Date: 04 June 2021