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Infant mental health for health professionals

Research has shown that our earliest relationship with our main care giver (typically parents) can have a profound effect on how we develop physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially. This early emotional wellbeing is a key factor in determining to what extent individuals will make the most of life’s opportunities, including education, and how they will manage later relationships with partners and their own children.

Commissioners across Southend, Essex and Thurrock are currently developing a service which will provide intervention and support for infants and their main care giver presenting with complex attachment disorder. This will be available for infants up to the age of 2 years old including the antenatal period. 

Your views are important

As a professional working with parents, pregnant women, babies and / or young children we would value your input into making this service fit for now and for the future.

We would like you to answer a short survey to help us gather an understanding about any education or training needs around infant mental health; things to consider as important features of the service for those with complex attachment disorders and understand the current service offer and challenges.

What is currently on offer?

Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (EPUT) offers a specialist mental health service for mums, which supports a mother experiencing mental health difficulties through pregnancy and up to a child’s first birthday. Further information about the service is available here:

There is then a children’s mental health offer, through EWMHS service. More details on this are available here:

Use of data and confidentiality

We will only use the information you give us for the purposes of informing the service specification and delivery. All information provided will remain confidential. Any identifying information will be anonymised unless you ask to be contacted directly. If you have any concerns about a child or family that you come into contact with please contact the safeguarding children team on 01375 652 802


The closing date for information is 21 December 2018. If you have any queries, please contact:, 01375 365810

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