Free National Centre for Family Hubs bite-sized training: Infant Mental Health Awareness Week: Trauma and cultural sensitivity

13:30 - 14:30 (GMT) Wednesday 15th June 2022 

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About this webinar

Early experiences have a significant impact on the developing brains of babies and very young children. During this time, early interactions and relationships between babies and their parents/carers are crucial healthy brain to development.

Trauma in the earliest years can have a significant impact on brain development, potentially leaving serious and lasting consequences. But caregivers socialise children to exist within a cultural context. Emotional experience is culturally constructed. This is also influenced by trauma, experienced by caregiver and/or child, both within families but also within communities.

Supporting the emotional wellbeing of children, including infants, is a key objective of family hubs. Government funding is being provided to 75 local authorities to develop networks of family hubs and deliver a suite of start for life services including parent-infant relationship support.

As we support parent-infant interactions and relationships, it is important to recognise that what might be seen as ‘problematic’ in certain cultural groups may have been a necessary survival response to historical trauma. It is also important to consider when working with families whose sociocultural context and experience are different from our own, our deeply held values may lead us to craft interventions that overlook their views and reality.

Join us during infant mental health awareness week for this free bite-sized training session for anyone developing, or working in or through family hubs, where we will explore trauma and the impact that cultural context has on parenting caregiver-infant relationships.

There will be automatic subtitles available during this event.



13:20 - 13:30 Registration (log-in to online webinar)

13:30 - 13:35 Introduction

13:35 - 14:15 Presentations from Professor Peter Fonagy and Dr Abi Miranda

14:15 - 14:25 Q&A

14:25 - 11:30 Close 

Who is this event suitable for

Local Authorities and partners developing, or interested in developing family hubs.

Accessibility and registration

This webinar will take place on Zoom, a joining link will be sent to you closer to the event date.

Registration will close at 15:00 on Tuesday 14th June. Please book your place before this time to secure your place at the webinar.

System requirements for online event

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