5th October 2020 8th October 2020


The Kantor Centre of Excellence, 4 - 8 Rodney Street, London, N1 9JH Map
4 days
9:30 - 16:30



Training fee

Places available

About this course

This course is run by professionals who have expertise in the field of assessing parent infant relationships and report writing for the family courts. 


The course will be helpful to all practitioners in the field of infant mental health who need to write professional or court reports about their observations of parents and infants.  The course will equip practitioners with knowledge about identifying risk factors in the parent infant relationship, and identifying risk factors and writing informed reports.   


Participants will be guided through a reflective and learning process in relation to:

·         identifying barriers to recognising or communicating about risk

·         understanding unconscious dynamics between themselves and the parent/s which can interfere with the practitioner’s capacity to think

·         managing practitioner anxiety so that concerns about parenting can be addressed with parents, providing an opportunity to improve parenting practice (within a clear safeguarding context)


Participants will be taught the following skills:

·         to identify strengths and concerns in the parent infant relationship

·         a practical approach to writing informed reports which are appropriate for court and accessible for families

·         practical tips on report content and giving evidence 


Aims of the course:

  • To enhance the quality of assessment of parent infant relationships
  • To support practitioners to write informed reports
  • To reduce practitioner anxiety in the areas of addressing risk and report writing


Who is the course suitable for:

ITSIEY is suitable for professionals working in the field of infant and perinatal mental health, e.g. social workers, nurses, health visitors, occupational and creative therapists, family therapists, psychologists, child psychotherapists and child psychiatrists. If you have any questions about suitability please contact training@annafreud.org



About International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY)

ITSIEY is the winner of 2017 Maternal Mental Health Alliance Emma Cadywould Award for Perinatal Mental Health Education and Training, see our news story here.

Delivered by a unique collaboration of internationally acclaimed Centres of Excellence (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Yale University Child Study Centre), the International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY) provides mental health professionals with expert-agreed standards of knowledge and skills to work confidently with infants (0-3) and their families. This exclusive training encompasses a range of theories “seamlessly interwoven into a shared conceptual framework” (student). The ecological model that is at the heart of its vision and curriculum uses most up to date knowledge of advances in neuroscience combined with strong clinical and research experience relevant to collaborative work with families. ITSIEY builds a forum for international cross pollination of knowledge, skills and research in the field of infancy and early years mental health for practitioners.

Currently ITSIEY offers the following modules:


We have compiled an essential reading list for this training. This will be made available for you on-line three weeks before the training. The essential reading list has been carefully chosen to support the learning objective of the course so we would strongly encourage you to read this as thoroughly as possible before the training begins.

Special Offer

a 5% discount is available for students who book on more than one ITSIEY module at the same time. Please contact training@annafreud.org to claim this offer.