Morning Plenaries ONLY , 09:30 - 12:40 (UK time): LGBTQ+ Families

This is the booking page for the Morning Plenaries only of the Early Years Conference: The many faces of parenting infants. The morning plenaries explore LGBTQ+ families. Find out more about this conference below.

Please review the Conference timetable on the right-hand column. To book other areas of the day, or to book the full day including this morning's plenaries, afternoon plenaries and a parallel session, please visit the links below:

About this conference

This exciting online conference, held during Infant Mental Health Awareness week, will explore and celebrate the many people involved in raising children from conception to age five.  These parents and carers can be forgotten from professionals' minds and excluded from services, which ultimately impacts their parenting capacity, as well as the emotional wellbeing, mental health and development of their children.  

Most services and ways of working in the UK focus unconsciously on traditional, (hetero)normative and white British family structures.  This conference will highlight the impact that different family formations, background and identities have on parenting, caregiver-infant relationships and child development outcomes and how we can adapt to meet the needs of the range of families that we serve.  The conference aims to provide increased reflection and understanding about these families, as well as practical tools and skills that can be applied to our work with parents/carers and very young children, to support the mental health of both infants and their parents/carers. 


The day draws on the latest developments in research, parent-infant work and clinical intervention, as well as the lived experience of families. There will be significant consideration given to how to apply this knowledge to practice when working with different families, to make the day an experience that is both thought-provoking and enriching for professional development.

Who is this online conference suitable for?

This conference is suitable for any mental health clinician or early years practitioner who is working with families with children aged 0 – 5.  This includes professionals working in women’s health, birth and parenting services, perinatal teams, infant mental health, parent-infant services, adoption and early years services and settings.

Aims of the conference
  • Increased awareness of diverse family formations, identities, cultures and experiences.
  • Enhanced knowledge of the latest research on parents and caregivers from a variety of backgrounds and identities and the impact of this on family relationships and child development.
  • Increased awareness of different interventions, tools and skills, and how these can be applied to working with families.
Speakers and their talks

Morning Plenaries

  • Professor Susan Golombok

Professor of Family Research and Director of the Centre for Family Research

University of Cambridge

"Love and truth: What really matters for children in new family forms"



  • AJ Silver

Author, Birth worker and Doula and Breastfeeding Counsellor

The Queer Birth Club

"Disparities in perinatal mental health outcomes for LGBTQ+ families"



  • Dr Fiona Tasker

Reader in Psychology

Birkbeck University

"Growing up With LGBTQ+ parents: Children and their parents map family diversity"




System requirements for conference

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this conference. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training.

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Details of how to join the event on Zoom will be shared closer to the event.

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