OXPIP and The Royal Foundation’s Symposium on Early Intervention
On Wednesday 21st March, The Duchess of Cambridge hosted the Royal Foundation’s Symposium on Early Intervention at the Royal Society of Medicine. We were delighted that our Executive Director Anna Thorne, Clinical Director Helen Callaghan, and Consultant Parent-Infant Psychotherapist Joanna Tucker were invited to attend the Symposium which brought together academics, practitioners and charities to focus on how to best support the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of young children.
At the event, the Duchess of Cambridge announced her plans to establish a steering group to explore how best to support this work, and her aim to create long-term collaboration between experts and organisations, to build strong partnerships, and to raise awareness of issues relating to perinatal, maternal and infant mental health, as well as the need to support parents, families and teachers.
OXPIP’s presence at the symposium follows on from our involvement in a Royal Foundation roundtable discussion, held at Pegasus School in Blackbird Leys, with the Duchess of Cambridge and Oxford-based charities Family Links, and Peeple. This focussed on the importance of supporting families during a child’s early years and has led to further discussions regarding how projects locally can work in partnership, with our communities, to achieve this. We are very pleased to contribute to this process and are excited to be a part of the development of new models of working. It is of great importance that the issue of early intervention is receiving such high-profile recognition, particularly the focus on intervention at the very earliest stage in a child’s life.
"We are here today because we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life…
Providing children in their earliest years with social and emotional security builds strong foundations which last a lifetime."
- The Duchess of Cambridge at Wednesday 21st March; Symposium on Early Intervention for Children & Families.
You can listen to her full speech below: