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
A pilot project to support early family relationships for parents, carers, infants and children under five across Cornwall.
‘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.
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:
Outlook Southwest - Access to psychological therapies
First Light – providing support for people who have been affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence
Play and Art Psychotherapy project - short term therapeutic intervention for 3-5 year olds
The family may receive interventions from Thriving Together:
Parenting and children’s mental health/ attachment
Short-term Parent-Child psychotherapy
For Parents and Carers:
SANDS - society for antenatal and neonatal deaths