NSPCC – Vulnerability of Infants – Learning from reviews
A summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice for child and adolescent mental health services.
Published case reviews show it can be difficult for professionals to find a balance between supporting new parents and recognising and addressing any risks posed to babies. If parents are particularly vulnerable or are experiencing multiple challenges, this can overshadow the needs of very young children.
Professionals need training and support to understand how parents’ behaviour can affect a baby in the long term and to be confident in challenging parents if necessary. The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals should work together to maintain a focus on the needs and experiences of very young children in vulnerable families.
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