“Their model of being trauma-informed is one that I’d like us to get across the whole of our service”

Stakeholder

Collaborating with others and driving system change

We amplify our impact by sharing our innovative learning and working with others to influence practices, policies and systems. 

Driving common outcomes

Influencing policy and practice

Tools & resources that can support you

We share tools and resources which may be useful to parents or professionals.  Some of these are used within our own programme, For Baby’s Sake, or we’ve created them based on our experience of working with parents, or we’ve worked with partners, such as in the creation of Safer Beginnings resources.  We also suggest resources or support from other organisations.

Is my relationship abusive? Who should I tell?

Safer Beginnings films with parents and professionals, helping you to recognise signs of domestic abuse and to seek support

What will happen if I tell someone?

Safer Beginnings film with parents and professionals, showing how expert support (including For Baby’s Sake) can help keep you and your baby safe

Is my behaviour abusive? A father’s story of breaking the cycle

Safer Beginnings film with a dad who sought support from For Baby’s Sake and the difference for him, his co-parent and his children

Emotional Safety Plan for Parents

It explains the Emotional Safety Plan, which expectant parents can use to record what they need to feel safe before, during and after birth 

Guide to using the Emotional Safety Plan for Parents

Emotional Safety Plan for Parents

You can choose between three different styles of Emotional Safety Plan.

Click the images below to view and download

Guidance and briefing on Emotional Safety Planning for Professionals

Guidance on using the Emotional Safety Plan for Professionals

Briefing on why this matters – emotional safety planning in the context of emotional labour

Emotional Safety Plan for Professionals

A resource for maternity and perinatal care professionals for your own emotional resilience 

Click the images below to choose your template

Safer Beginnings resources in the Baby Buddy app

Baby Buddy app’s ‘Discover library’ includes  information on care and relationships before, during and after birth

National helplines

Want to talk to someone? Here are numbers for some national helplines

Mindfulness

Two voice-guided tools, with audio and video, for experiencing mindfulness

Relaxation

Two voice-guided tools with audio and video to help with relaxation

Pressure Pot

Animated tooland drawing  to help with understanding and managing anger

Self-esteem

A drawing to help understand your self esteem and how to build it up

Trauma Insight: Overview of the three tools, and Growing up with Adversity

 

A short film which acts as an overview of all three Trauma Insight Tools
The Adversity Cycle

Trauma Insight: Children

 

How practitioners can take a strengths-based approach to support children’s recovery from trauma. Tool and guidance

Trauma Insight: Parents

How practitioners can take a strengths-based approach to support parents’ recovery from unresolved trauma. Tool and guidance 

Serve and Return video

 

A video from Harvard Centre on the Developing Child, showing ‘two-way’ parent-child communication

Serve and Return 5-step guide

A 5-step guide to using serve and return to build your baby’s brain

Parental Relationships Spectrum

Helping professionals (and parents) to distinguish between healthy, conflictual and abusive relationships

How Racism Can Affect Child Development

A note from Harvard Centre on the Developing Child explaining how racial prejudice can affect child development and why we need to tackle it.

What We Can Do About Toxic Stress

 

A note from Harvard Centre on the Developing Child about toxic stress and how to move from surviving to coping to resilience

COVID-19 guidance

Guidance on trauma & resilience provides context around risks of Covid-19 measures to mental and emotional health and offers advice on supporting vulnerable families.

Overcoming barriers to seeking help if you’re experiencing abuse

Understanding what might be getting in the way might help you reach out and start your journey

Overcoming barriers to seeking help if you’re using abusive behaviours

Understanding what might be getting in the way might help you reach out and start your journey

For Professionals - overcoming barriers to enquiring about domestic abuse

Understanding what might be getting in the way might help you reach in and start more conversations

Brain Story

The science of brain development – link to University of Oxford website with information for parents and professionals (including course for professionals)

Domestic abuse and baby's first 1001 days

Evidence on the scale and impact of domestic abuse and the need that our programme is helping to meet

Supporting both parents, starting in pregnancy

Infographic with key lessons from the evaluation of For Baby’s Sake 

Building the evidence base

Academic evaluation of
For Baby’s Sake

We commissioned a major four-year independent evaluation of For Baby’s Sake and published the final report in May 2020. 

The evaluation, led by King’s College London, identified the programme as the “first” to “fill an important gap in provision” through its “unique approach” to tackling domestic abuse.

The report found that For Baby’s Sake “addresses key limitations” of existing whole family domestic abuse interventions by working with both parents, starting in pregnancy and through its trauma-informed and attachment-focused model.

King’s College London led a team of academics from University of Warwick, University of Central Lancashire, University of Cambridge and McMaster University, Canada in the evaluation of the feasibility, acceptability and impact of For Baby’s Sake in the first two prototype sites in Hertfordshire and London.

Help us turn lives around

Together we can empower families to change their lives and give their babies the best start in life.

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