About this course

Who is this conference suitable for?

Anyone interested in the emotional wellbeing of babies and young children including therapists, health visitors, midwives, social workers, GPs, family support workers, early years practitioners, researchers, commissioners, policymakers, and parents with lived experience.


We have created a programme to bring together local, national and international speakers.  The day includes research, practice and policy perspectives regarding the emotional wellbeing of babies and very young children across the spectrum of need.

As well as hearing from others, the day presents numerous opportunities for you to network with colleagues through discussion, reflection and networking with your peers. For example we will have cabaret style seating, longer refreshment breaks, and end of session question setting to spark discussions.  For the refreshments on the day, we have a chosen a caterer who is able to provide healthy, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.

The event welcomes babies in arms, and a parent-infant friendly space is provided outside of the main conference hall for play, feeding, and family time.

Confirmed keynote speakers include international experts, such as:

  • Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program & Director of Dissemination and Implementation for Child-Parent Psychotherapy, University of California - "What Young Children Know: Lessons Learned from Child-Parent Psychotherapy"
  • Lenneke Alink, Professor of Forensic Family Studies, Leiden University - "Unraveling child maltreatment: what are the prevention ingredients?"
  • Anne Longfield OBE, England’s Children’s Commissioner - "A Crying Shame: making a difference in the early years
  • Paul Ramchandani, LEGO Professor of Play, University of Cambridge - "Healthy Start, Happy Start: the effectiveness of a videofeedback approach with young children at risk of behavioural problems"

Chandra Ghosh Ippen will be delivering a separate one-day workshop the day before the conference. For more information or to book a place, please click here.

Aims of conference 

  • To highlight the latest thinking, intervention innovations and research in the field of infant mental health
  • To showcase Anna Freud and Parent-Infant Foundation parent-infant work and to cement our mutual positions as centres of excellence in the parent-infant research and delivery landscape
  • To present a model of integrated parent-infant practice across the spectrum from universal to specialist intervention
  • To bring together practitioners and experts from across the NHS, Local Authority and third sector to have a series of collaborative discussions about joint working for the benefits of families in the early years.
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The Exhibition

The exhibition will be an integral part of the conference programme with all breaks providing time and presence with delegates. Having a stand will enable you the opportunity to meet and network with over 200 health professionals in the 1001 days sector offering you the potential to raise your profile and increase sales/generate new contacts. There is also an opportunity to purchase advertising space in our delegate booklets. For more information and to apply for exhibition or advertising space, please click here.

Keeping up to date

Do follow us on social media through the following Twitter handles: Anna Freud Centre and Parent-Infant Foundation using the hashtag #PIConf20 where we will be sharing updates about the conference in the lead up to January, and we will be live tweeting on the day.


Kensington Town Hall is accessible and well located in central London. The nearest tube station is High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines). Buses: 9, 10, 27, 49, 52, 328 serve Kensington High Street. The is a privately-run car park beneath the adjacent Central Library.


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