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  • www.hertsdirect.org NEGLECT AND MY BABYS BRAIN: Applying Theory to Practice David Silverman, Strategy Manager, Parenting Support
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain Applying policy to practice
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain The Rationale The Implementation Theory into Practice
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain: Applying Theory to Practice in Hertfordshire My Babys Brain is an early intervention programme promoting secure attachment in families with babies and young children 0-3, in the everyday home environment
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain The Rationale Parenting in the early years is one of the most significant influences on a childs wellbeing, resilience and life chances
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain The Rationale The volume of the human brain increases more during the first year of life than at any time (from 400gm to 1000gm) This growth spurt continues into the 2 nd year, with substantial production of nerve cells and synapse connections or pathways.
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain: Density of neural connections at 2 months
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain: Density of neural connections at 3 months
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain: Density of neural connections at 6 months
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain: Density of neural connections at 12 months
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain Brain development depends on predictable, nurturing, repetitive and responsive parental behaviour, attuned to the childs stage of development This includes specific experiences, including responsive gaze, handling, and talking to the baby Child Abuse and Neglect and the Brain A Review (Danya Glaser, Journal 0f Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2000)
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain The Rationale Decades of research tell us that mutually rewarding interactions are essential prerequisites for the development of healthy brain circuits The science of early childhood development Centre on the Developing Child Harvard University 2007
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain The Rationale Secure attachments in the first 2 years lay the foundations for resilience, positive mental health and wellbeing, and the ability to create healthy relationships in adolescence and adulthood Secure attachments in the first 2 years lay the foundations for secure attachments into adulthood
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain Attachment has effects across the life-course
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain The Rationale Neglect and insecure attachments can lead to: Difficulties in forming attachments and relationships Increased risk of physical and mental ill-health Increased risk of substance misuse Lower educational achievements Difficulties in assuming parenting responsibilities Difficulties in nurturing attachment
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain Implementation A multi-agency project conveying to parents of babies (aged 0-3), in a simple, accessible way, the principles of attachment and early brain development. Printed and on-line resources Five to Thrive a simple 5-a-day message Training for Childrens centre workers, health visitors, social workers etc. who incorporate Five to Thrive into their everyday work with parents
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain The Implementation Weaving Five to Thrive into the everyday work of health visitors, children's centre workers, social workers etc. A common message across agencies Conveying to parents of young children (0-3) the principles of attachment and impact of attachment behaviours on baby brain development, in simple accessible language
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain: 600+ staff trained Childrens Centre staff Health Visitors Student Health Visitors Nursery nurses and childcare workers GPs Library workers Social Workers Educational Psychologists Intensive Family Support workers School workers
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  • www.hertsdirect.org www.hertsdirect.org/mybabysbrain
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain: Implementation The Red Book Child Health Record NCT and antenatal sessions 150+ early years childcare settings trained 140 childminders trained Link between My Babys Brain and parenting assessments (Graded Care Profile) Recovery Project to address insecure attachment (Its not too late!)
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  • www.hertsdirect.org Application of My Babys Brain: 1 Child on Supervision Order CIN Plan Team Around the Family: Social worker, health visitor, childrens centre a consistent message Parent with learning disability and mental health problems Two children looked after Practical application of Five to Thrive in CIN visits
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  • www.hertsdirect.org Teenage Parent Her own mother requested support for her at the age of 3 Anger issues Under-achieving at school Addiction Trouble with the police Domestic violence Difficult relationships Possible postnatal depression Relationships Own family Children Partner Application of My Babys Brain: 2
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  • www.hertsdirect.org I dont want what happened to me to happen to my children. I love my children and I want to be a good mum. I have recognised and am working on my own anger issues and I have to do this to help my children. I am a good parent. I can listen to other people now, I might not agree or like what they say! I can ask for help and accept help now. I know that I need help in my relationship with my partner if we are going to stay together but my children are more important. Being with my children is all that matters and I want the best for them. Impact of My Babys Brain
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain References Early Intervention: Next Steps (Allen Report) Parenting Matters, Chris Paterson. Centre Forum The Science of Parenting. Margot Sunderland Why Love Matters. Sue Gerhardt Attachment Across the Lifecourse. David Howe Attachment in Common Sense and Doodles. Miriam Silver www.hertsdirect.org/mybabysbrain
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  • www.hertsdirect.org My Babys Brain Thank you
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