The one-day CPD event is for childcare professionals, doctors, children’s charities, lawyers, journalists, parents and policy makers from across the country wishing to learn more about infant attachment: an area which, many suggest, has only recently been fully understood.
Iain Duncan Smith: Plans for Early Intervention Foundation
The keynote address will be delivered by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith, who last week made national headlines with the launch of the Social Justice Strategy which aims to tackle what he thinks are the root causes of deprivation. Mr Duncan Smith argued there should be a shift towards early intervention spending and has launched plans for an Early Intervention Foundation to attract £10bn of investment.
Two is Too Late (http://www.norpipconference.org.uk) could not be better timed. It is the first of its kind for organisers the Northamptonshire Parent Infant Project (NorPIP), a charity working with parents and babies in the Northamptonshire area who are struggling to form secure attachment. The event aims to lay the groundwork for a national movement to bring greater awareness to professionals and the public of the vital importance of infant attachment.
World Class Speakers
The world-class conference line-up boasts a diverse range of experienced professionals who will deliver a number of speeches and panel sessions on key topics within this vast subject area.
Iain Duncan Smith’s keynote speech is entitled: ‘An introduction to Early Intervention:
‘We need to intervene early and think in terms of prevention at the earliest point possible,’ said Mr Duncan Smith.
NorPIP founder, Andrea Leadsom MP, said the conference would be invaluable for anyone working with families or interested in the social consequences of family breakdown.
“The neurological effects on a baby’s brain development through the failure to bond or attach to its parent during the first crucial two years of life are profound and only recently understood. If we are serious about mending our broken society we need to give our babies the opportunity for a fulfilling life,” she said.
"The Impact of Neglect on a Baby's Brain"
Other notable speakers at the conference include Professor of Neuroscience Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE who is a respected writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords. She will explore the impact of neglect on a baby's brain.
Camila Batmanghelidjh, regular media commentator and founder of two charities, the place2b and Kids Company, which care for over 14,000 vulnerable children and young people in London, will focus on the longer term effects of neglect.
Psychologist Dr Michael Galbraith, and attachment therapist Dr Amanda Jones, will deliver sessions at the conference. Founder of children's charity The Wave Trust, George Hosking, and Mrs Leadsom MP will chair sessions throughout the day.
The conference, supported by the University of Northampton and Danone Baby Nutrition, takes place on 18 May at Whittlebury Park, Towcester. For more information or to register as a delegate visit: http://www.norpipconference.org.uk
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The Northamptonshire Parent-Infant Partnership (NorPIP) is a charitable organisation offering attachment enhancing therapeutic help & support for parents from when they first discover they are pregnant to when baby reaches 2. http://www.NORPIP.org.uk