ACP supports child mental health week with an ABC of children's mental health, beginning with A for Adoption

The ACP's ABC of child mental health is hoping to raise awareness about child mental health issues this week, looking at some of the more complex difficulties our members deal with.

Our members work in a number of settings and a number of child psychotherapists specialise in Attachment focused work such as Parent-Infant work and projects. Our members believe that attachment and early intervention work is vital and we are trained to have a specialist understanding of the early relationship between infants and their parents. 

Not only do our members work with parents and infants but also those professionals who help new parents and their babies such as midwives, and support community based children's centres and antenatal projects, offering support to women identified as being vulnerable (homelessness or asylum seekers, mental health history, previous children removed, antenatal depression, significant losses or anxiety). Our members also offer groups for parents, helping parents explore thoughts and feelings about their pregnancy, their developing baby and themselves as parents.

To find out more about our experts in infant mental health and about the specialist work of our members in this area, see: 

ACP members win BMA book prize in Popular Medicine 

ACP member authors guidance for HEE on specialist health visitors for perinatal and infant mental health

A petition to re-open Family Centres has been stared by the president of the Association for Infant Mental Health UK

ACP members win awards at the Infant Mental Health Awareness Week PIPUK conference 

The NICE children’s attachment quality standard (QS133) is published

See also: New research and radio programme supports early intervention for mental health problems

We are going to be covering a number of examples about how our members work in partnership across health/social care and the key realtionship or attachment focused work they are involved in, to support stronger attachments between parents and their babies or young children. We will also look at how child psychotherapists have helped to reach those who would not have otherwise accessed psychological help. 

Watch this space.