The change into family life can come with challenges for both Mum and Dad. As a new dad, supporting both your partner and your baby, whilst managing all your responsibilities can be stressful and overwhelming sometimes. Did you know that 1 in 10 new dads struggle with their mental health during this period?

In an initiative to develop a ‘Think Fathers’ culture within a diverse, urban area in south west London, we have developed this new early intervention and preventative service for fathers experiencing mental health difficulties in the perinatal period. It includes Video Feedback for Positive Parenting (VIPP) and Reflective Parenting Groups.



This is an early therapeutic group intervention for adopting parents of children aged 1-3 who are in need of additional resources. Many of these parents are

meeting their children for the first time (due to the young ages of the population). As children settle into their homes their behaviours can be erratic and challengingin different ways, ranging from being extremely dysregulated to inhibited or delayed. These highly stressful factors in addition to the challenges of parenting a toddler marks these families as appropriate for a group intervention. 

How it works

How it works

Groups are led by at least one trained parent-toddler psychoanalytic psychotherapist and another trained assistant psychologist​. There is a maximum of 8 families (16 parents and 8 toddlers) per group. Each weekly group session lasts 90 minutes during 6 months.

Who it is for

Who it is for

This service will exclusively include families referred through the Adopt London South RAA in London Southwark Local Authority. It includes single parents, coparents and toddlers from 1 to 3 years who have experienced maltreatment.




Using both qualitative and quantitative data, the evaluation aims to look at the overall experience of the users and measure the project’s effect on parent-toddler relationships, parental mental health, and child development.

Quantitative evaluation in the form of routine outcome measures assesses:

  • Signs of improvement in parent-toddler relationship quality
  • reduction in parental distress
  • Parents’ perception of their social support
  • Parental confidence in parenting
  • Improved couple relationship quality
  • Changes in toddlers’ development

Qualitative evaluation (carried out in the form of focus groups with parents) explores:

Parents’ decision of joining the group

Parent’s experience of the group

Parents’ knowledge on the Adoption Support Fund

  • Key outcomes for upscaling the service include:
  • Develop training in collaboration with regional adoption agencies and deliver this across England, Scotland and Wales.
Meet the team

Meet the team

Dr Sarah Peter (Senior Therapist and Trainer – Early Years Programme) and Dr Eva Crasnow (Senior Therapist and Trainer – Early Years Programme)


Contact us

Contact us

To find out more about Adopt London South Parent Toddler Group, or how to make a referral, get in touch at

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