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Project information

My Baby and Me

From conception to 2 years, a baby’s brain grows at a phenomenal rate and interactions with adults are key to healthy development. OXPIP will provide parent-infant therapy during this formative period. This will prevent many future problems through improving emotional resilience for whole families.

April 2019 - March 2020

Charity information: OXPIP (The Oxford Parent Infant Project)

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  • Need


    Our earliest relationships with caregivers affect our physical, emotional, and social development. If carers are struggling with their own emotional well-being, or are overwhelmed by stress, it is difficult for them to provide the sensitive and nurturing relationship needed for their baby’s emotional development. Research shows that poor early attachment can impact negatively on educational attainment, capacity to engage in society and to develop positive relationships, with related social costs


    The presence of good quality, caring early relationships is critical to later social functioning. OXPIP parent-infant psychotherapy, a form of early intervention, considers the emotional health of the infant as well as that of the parent, to improve the quality of the relationship. The ante-natal and early years are a powerful window of opportunity, when most new parents really want to understand their babies, so OXPIP's specialist interventions can bring about transformational change.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduced anxiety and depression for parents and children


    » Weekly 1-2-1 parent-infant therapy for vulnerable mums-to-be with a specialist therapist.
    » Outreach with partner services to ensure engagement in all services and access to holistic support.

    What success will look like

    Using nationally recognised assessment tools that are applied to all OXPIP's work - HADS, PIRGAS, KIPS, Stress on the Caregiving Index and KIPS

    Aim 2

    Improved parent-infant relationships


    » Ante-natal therapy for parents-to-be
    » Video Interaction Guidance – using video to reflect on the relationship, develops awareness of how parents can respond in an attuned way to her child
    » Watch, Wait and Wonder- a child led approach that helps parents gain understanding of the child's inner world as well as their own responses to them
    » Baby Massage - OXPIP's Therapeutic Touch course helping bonding between parents and their babies

    What success will look like

    The assessment tools measure levels of depression and anxiety and the quality of relationships. Parents will also self-evaluate progress through the project.

  • Impact


    A healthy parent-infant relationship and attachment forms the foundation for each child to learn and develop their emotional regulation skills, social skills, and cognitive abilities. Early identification of relationship difficulties and timely intervention are effective for both improving individual outcomes and reducing costs to society both in the short and long term. It has been evidenced that for every £1 spent on this type of early preventative work, £9 is saved on future interventions.


    The risk of poor take-up is addressed through OXPIP developing strong relationships with professionals and projects working with the target communities, including midwives, health visitors, drug and alcohol services and schools. The risk of specialist staffing capacity is addressed through OXPIP’s investment in the clinical team; sharing of the understanding of each project practice across the team; and having a bank of closely associated freelance clinicians.


    Donors will receive quarterly reports on the project describing progress, any changes and take-up, with anonymised feedback from the parents involved. There will also be a full 12-month report circulated.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,000 Clinical time Specialist clinicians working on the project
      £7,000 Management and admin Clinical management, supervision and administrative time spent supporting the project
      £700 Project costs Room hire, resources and transport
      £4,300 Overheads Organisational overheads related to this project
  • Background


    The project will be located on Blackbird Leys Estate in Oxford. For Blackbird Leys and Northfield Brook wards of Oxford, the English Indices of Deprivations show these wards as the most deprived in Oxford and in the 20% most deprived in England. In one LSOA 42% of the children live below the poverty line.


    The project will support pregnant women who are considered to be vulnerable and their partners. This vulnerability may be related to issues such as traumatic labour and delivery, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse, prior termination or loss of a baby, prior removal of a baby into care, mental health problems and post-natal depression.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    OXPIP has 20 years’ experience and is recognised nationally as a leader in the area of parent-infant therapy. Our clinical team are specialists; we offer training and consultancy and work to promote the importance of very early intervention within policy and practice. In 2016-17, 90% of our clients saw a direct improvement in the quality of their early parent infant relationship and 70% saw a reduction in maternal anxiety and depression.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Helen Callaghan

    Clinical Director Helen Callaghan has worked for OXPIP as a Parent Infant Psychotherapist since 1998 as well as in private and NHS practice.

    Anna Thorne

    Executive Director Anna Thorne has 20 years’ experience of charity management and delivering support services for children, young people and families.

    Linda Manning

    Linda Manning is a parent-infant psychotherapist with extensive experience, in the UK and abroad, as a midwife, nurse and therapist.

I completely underestimated how much life would change having a baby, having these sessions has given me the space to come to terms with these changes in a non-judgemental and safe environment. I have found my sessions so helpful in understanding and processing my overwhelming thoughts and emotions.

OXPIP Client