Research & Policy Updates
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The month’s articles focus on infants in child protection or care and their parents.
The importance of the parent-infant relationship for infant development is well-established and parents struggling with issues as wide-ranging as previous trauma, poverty, mental health difficulties and/or poor accommodation may well require additional support.
Two articles this month describe intervention approaches to improve parenting. The first article by Maxwell and Rees reports on an evaluation of a Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) service in one local authority. The findings from interviews with parents and practitioners support the use of VIG to help parents develop attunement and sensitivity towards their children and emphasise the importance of the relationship between the guider and parent in supporting partnership working. The second article by Barlow and Underdown provides guidance on how to assess parent-infant interactions and on interventions that may prevent the recurrence of infant maltreatment including Family Drug and Alcohol Courts, VIG and parent-infant psychotherapy.
The third article by Harnett et al investigates a pre-birth assessment and support plan for ‘at risk’ women who used the Parents Under Pressure (PuP) parenting programme. The study found that high-risk pregnant women may benefit from involvement in a therapeutic parenting programme and that safeguarding outcomes were better in cases where mothers took part in the PuP programme. The final article by Roberts et al reports on findings from survey and interview-based research with local authorities about parents currently in care, or in the process of leaving care. Their study highlights how disadvantaged access to support and resources reduces care-experienced parents’ capacity to do the best for their children.Read more