“Their model of being trauma-informed is one that I’d like us to get across the whole of our service”
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
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
Want to talk to someone? Here are numbers for some national helplines
Two voice-guided tools, with audio and video, for experiencing mindfulness
Two voice-guided tools with audio and video to help with relaxation
Animated tooland drawing to help with understanding and managing anger
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
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
Overcoming barriers to seeking help if you’re using abusive behaviours
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
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
- Intervention Development and Evaluation Design of a Whole-Family Perinatal Intervention to Break the Cycle of Domestic Abuse – Journal of Family Violence
- Breaking the cycle of intergenerational abuse: A qualitative interview study of men participating in a perinatal program to reduce violence – Journal of Infant Mental Health
- For Baby’s Sake: breaking the cycle of intergenerational abuse – International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, Vol 8 Issue 2, January 2021
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.
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