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The East of England
Infant Mental Health Hub

The new Infant Mental Health hub for the East of England is led by Clare Lord. Details and posts below. If you would like to join the East of England hub, select it when you register for AiMH membership. We look forward to hearing from you.

The AiMH UK Infant Mental Health Hubs enable members to connect across professions and levels within geographical areas, to help to develop and co-ordinate our thinking and practice around Infant Mental Health issues in our work. If you would like something posted here, contact your Hub leads on the Hub Discussion Forum (big blue link below).

Hub lead, Clare Lord

Clare Lord

Clare is a qualified teacher and currently works within the Virtual School for Children in Care and Previously Looked After Team in Norfolk as an Early Years Advisor. Clare has worked for Norfolk Children’s Services for 16 years, maintaining her passion for child development and early years through regular professional development. More

Clare has ongoing interest for infant mental health and is completing her Master’s degree in Child and Young Peoples Mental Health and Psychological Practice with the University of Edinburgh.

Discussion forum

Share insight, explore issues, and ask other professionals for their experience and expertise in the East of England hub forum.

Posts for the East of England IMH hub

News and events below.

Watch Me Play Pilot Project, Norfolk

Overview

Watch Me Play is a intervention for caregivers with babies or young children with the aim to enhance the caregiver – child relationship. The intervention has been developed by Dr Jenifer Wakelyn at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and is based upon evidenced research and previous, successful studies.

Initially WMP was developed to support babies / young children in care but has also been found to be helpful in post LAC children (adoption and Special Guardianship).

The approach promotes child led play with the care giver giving individual attention, talking and commenting about their play, but not directing.

My Play and Discover Bag – Norfolk

'My Play and Discover Bag’ was developed by the Norfolk Virtual School for Looked after and previously looked after children Early Years Team. The bag and contents are for all 0-4-year olds in care and it is for the children to keep and be part of their journey of exploration and learning.

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents and carers, then join AiMH UK.

A Nurturing Approach to Care; The Nurturing Care Framework.

The Nurturing Care Framework was produced collaboratively between the World Health Organization (W.H.O) and the United Nations Children’s Fund. This evidence-based framework outlines policies and services that can support parents, families, caregivers and communities to provide “nurturing care” for young children to ensure that they survive and thrive.

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents and carers, then join AiMH UK.

Sensory Needs of Babies in Care; Learning and Knowing the Baby.

By Hilary Shaddock. Early Years Adviser for Norfolk Virtual School for Children in Care.              

‘For young children, infant caregiver relationships are the most important experience for infant development and are the distinctive focus of the infant mental health field’ (Zeanah and Zeanah, 2009:8)

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents and carers, then join AiMH UK.

What is a Virtual School for Children in Care?

The role of the Virtual School is to help improve the educational journey and outcomes for children in care, from early years to the end of Year 13. Support and guidance to care leavers maybe offered and also to the staff supporting them.

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents and carers, then join AiMH UK.

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