Sharing best practice across the North of England: Holding the Family in Mind

As part of the GM Pathways to Talking EOF project, we are keen to share GM practice with a wider audience and also for colleagues in GM to share the learning from other areas.

A big Thankyou to Professor Deborah James for sharing some of the work from Newscastle upon Tyne which took place during Infant Mental Health Week. The images included here have been produced as part of the 1001 Critical Days Think Tank in Newcastle and kindly shared with permission from the artist, Dr Ian Robson at Northumbria University.

The fourth 1001 Critical Days conference in Newcastle upon Tyne took place on 11th June in Infant Mental Health Week. The annual conference promotes the 1001 Critical Days agenda. Three services in the North East: NEWPIP, the Perinatal Community Service, and the Family Community Hub in the East of the City described their services providing vivid descriptions of practice with families. The conference explored links between the realities of adversity during early childhood, with contributions from Dr Wendy Thorpe’s on the ACES approach and supervision practices for the workforce with Dr Rebecca Johnson from the Solihull Approach. Dr Ian Robson invited the 200 participants of the conference to develop the City’s narrative of early help using creative and visual methods. The conference is organised by Newcastle upon Tyne’s Collaborative Learning and Strategic Planning group (CLASP). CLASP members come from the key partners in health, social care, statutory and community services who provide services within the 1001 critical days. This group was chaired by Deborah James from its inception in 2015, until 2018 when she left to join Manchester Metropolitan University. This year Deborah was invited back to chair the conference. Her opening address is attached: good-morning-everyone.docx

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