Looking after infant mental health: our case for change
By OnePlusOne, 08 August 2016
Looking after the infant mental health of young children in care, especially for those who have experienced abuse or neglect, is key to ensuring that they can recover and reach their developmental milestones, argues the NSPCC. Intervening early with infants, their birth parents, and their foster carers, can ensure that children are nurtured through their relationships with their care givers and have the opportunity to thrive. The quality of children’s attachment relationships is fundamental to their development, and should be of primary concern to all those working to support vulnerable infants.
Looking after infant mental health means working with care givers to understand and address the quality of children’s relationships. This document shares the NSPCC’s ‘case for change’ about the importance of looking after infant mental health. It draws together a wide range of evidence from research and practice, from the UK and internationally, to put forward their argument for prioritising the mental health needs of young children in care.