The third A Better Start Learning and Development event was held in Nottingham on 29th and 30th September 2016 putting a focus on the social and emotional development outcome. The event was co-hosted by Small Steps, Big Changes, and included all the A Better Start sites. Materials from the event are linked to below. Each of the presentations was also filmed and will be available to view in full, with links available shortly. The guide providing an overview of the event has been made available here.
Experts and inspirational speakers delivered presentations on the latest research, policy and practice in the field of social and emotional development.
The presenters were:
- Phyllis Brackenbury, Programme Director of Small Steps, Big Changes who welcomed us to Nottingham.
- Chris Cuthbert, Big Lottery Fund then gave an overview of the event.
- Pasco Fearon. Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at University College London gave a fascinating presentation on the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage and how early parent-child interactions can impact on this transmission and the outcomes for children.
- Karen Stansfield from the Institute of Health Visiting gave an overview of recent developments in health visiting, specifically highlighting the Perinatal Mental Health Champion initiative.
- Dr Elsa Montgomery Head of Midwifery at King’s College London talked about transforming midwifery practice and the importance of the 'golden hour' after birth.
- Hilary Kennedy spoke about Video Interaction Guidance - an intervention through which a practitioner uses video clips to enhance communication within relationships.
- Professor Alan Stein opened Day 2 of the event with a presentation on his latest research on perinatal mental ill health and behavioural activation
- Dr Elsa Montgomery gave a very powerful presentation on her research findings on the maternity experiences of survivors of childhood abuse and the importance of trauma informed maternity care.
- Sally Hogg of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance presented on services and pathways for parent and infant mental health, including introducing the Mums and Babies in Mind project. Sally also facilitated discussion on perinatal mental health services using these scenarios.
- Dr Amanda Jones spoke about parent-infant psychotherapy, using a powerful case example (paper to follow).
Bringing together the research and materials presented at the event we have compiled a comprehensive list of resources, publications and research on social and emotional development.