Early Years Parenting Unit (EYPU) evaluation
Research Project Team
- Nicola Labuschagne,
- Michelle Sleed
- Shqipa Lala
The Early Years Parenting Unit (EYPU) is a clinical treatment programme, made possible through a two-year grant from the Department for Education.
The programme is specifically aimed at parents with personality difficulties and their children under five who are subject to a Child in Need or Child Protection plan, or on the edge of care.
The EYPU offers an 18 month treatment programme for families who attend a day unit for two full days a week, using Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) in individual and group therapy, multi-family therapy, and parent/child therapy.
The EYPU evaluates its clinical intervention using a range of qualitative and quantitative measures, having been reviewed by the Research Ethics Committee at University College London (UCL).
Assessment of parents’ and children’s wellbeing and progress as they move through the 18-month treatment programme is carried out with a wide range of measures focused on child development, attachment, parental mental health and parental reflective functioning.
Measures are conducted at baseline, 6-monthly intervals across the 18-month programme and at a 6-month follow-up once families have completed the programme.
We also evaluate service user involvement and experience. Service user feedback is gathered using questionnaires at regular intervals.