Contact Information

Dr Wendy Shallcross Principal Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and clinical lead for Thriving Together

Dr Christine Volney Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and operational lead for Thriving Together

Thriving Together

A pilot project to support early family relationships for parents, carers, infants and children under five across Cornwall.

IThrive Logo ‘Thriving together’ supports parent-infant mental health across Cornwall by strengthening parents’ confidence and their capacity to understand and enjoy their relationship with their baby/child.  It is for professionals and anyone working with a child under-five who would like more support in their work.  Thriving together works together with existing services and brings together experts across agencies. 


Multicultural Baby Feet

This pilot is for Parents and Carers

  • who are struggling in relationships with infants and children under-five
  • who struggle to feel emotionally connected with their infants/young children
  • whose young children struggle to separate
  • with past experiences that are impacting on parenting
  • who have concerns about an infant or young child’s emotional development
  • mothers’ who experienced difficult pregnancies
  • family experience of trauma.

Thriving Together Consultation Group

The Thriving Together Consultation Group is for professionals who are working with a Parent-Infant/Child relationship they are concerned about.  The consultation group is made up of Infant mental health specialists across Cornwall.  The referrer will talk to the group about the parent-infant/child relationship and the group, using the language of the Solihull Approach (containment, reciprocity and behaviour management) will generate a plan of the next positive steps.  Following the group a written version of these understandings are sensitively generated for the referrer to feed back to the family.  Professionals are also encouraged to contact the Thriving Together team if they want to talk through the case before they decide to refer to the group. 

The child/family may then be referred to services such as:

Health Visiting

Early Help

Early Years Inclusion service

Perinatal Mental Health

Special Parenting

WILD parenting

Homestart Kernow

Outlook Southwest - Access to psychological therapies 

First Light – providing support for people who have been affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence

Valued lives

Primary Mental Health - CAMHS

Play and Art Psychotherapy project - short term therapeutic intervention for 3-5 year olds

Play Project Leaflet

The family may receive interventions from Thriving Together:

Watch me play

Psychoanalytic Observational Work

Short-term Parent-Child psychotherapy

Referral for Video Interaction Guidance

Referrals are made by the professional involved in the Family’s care

  • Gain consent from the family you wish to discuss
  • Complete a short 'Mothers Object Relations Scale' (MORS) with the parent/ carer  Mothers Object Relations Scales (MORS) [pdf] 46KB
  • Complete a EHH referral form and send to
  • If the referral is accepted you will receive an email inviting you to the next Thriving Together Group.  This email will give you a time and venue (Teams invite) of when you can talk through your concerns with the group
  • You will then receive a copy of the groups’ understandings about the situation and what may be helpful for the family
  • You can feedback the groups’ understandings to the family on your next visit


Thriving Together NHS Information for Parents Leaflet

Watch Me Play Manual for Parents

CAMHS EHH referral form

Solihull Parenting Program