Parent Infant Projects

In addition to the core service delivered at the Anna Freud Centre there are a number of unique projects which target the particular needs of certain groups. These include:

Outreach work at England’s Lane Hostel in Camden: This is a collaborative project between the Parent Infant Project and health visiting Camden at a hostel for homeless families in England’s Lane. The aim is to reach high risk parents and babies, who often do not access mental health services, in an environment they attend. A weekly health visiting clinic at the hostel offers a group experience for parents and babies around relating and play.

New Beginnings in Hackney: This is a programme for families living in Hackey where there is a Child in Need or Child Protection plan in place. The aim is to offer therapeutic input during the period of assessment and/or monitoring by social services. This service has been adapted for delivery in the community from an original programme for incarcerated mothers in HM Prisons Mother and Baby Units.

Mother-baby unit psychotherapy at Homerton Hospital: A PIP therapist has been commissioned by the Homerton Hospital NHS Trust to join the team at the inpatient unit, caring for mothers who have suffered a serious mental breakdown in the perinatal period and are hospitalized with their babies. (Please note that referrals are only made by Unit staff).

Drop-in attachment based group in a Children’s Centre in Luton: This is a 9 month pilot to provide consultation, training and supervision to facilitate delivery of an attachment focused drop-in group by Centre staff. The aim is to augment support for the psychological needs of high risk babies and parents in an area of socio-economic disadvantage