Many parents and families across the UK are already affected by trauma and the lack of factors that build resilience. COVID-19 has, without doubt, introduced an added and unwelcome stressor.
For Baby’s Sake recognises that this could have a long-term impact, potentially including developmental trauma, for babies and young children. Brenda Evans, our Therapeutic Lead, has written some specialist guidance, providing context around the risks to mental and emotional health and offering advice on providing trauma-informed and attachment-focused support to vulnerable families at this time. You can download a copy of the guidance by going to the resources section of our website.
Babies and toddlers can be emotionally overwhelmed when their sense of safety has been lost. The guidance offers tips on the signs that this might be happening and suggestions to help parents to be prepared to understand and to act. Empowering parents to make home a safe base for babies and children has rarely been more important. Parents also need to know that reaching out for support when they need it is a sign of resilience.