Our CAMHS Services (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) are supporting Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (12 June – 16 June 2017).
The Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster (KCW) under-five’s pilot service (located in CAMHS and four children’s centres) is a specialised service for under-fives, their parents, carers and for professionals working with this age group.
It offers a de-stigmatising and culturally sensitive, infant and young child mental health perspective through consultation, specialist assessment, brief treatment and inter agency partnership working.
Sarah Gustavus Jones, CNWL Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Head of Profession for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, is encouraging people to support the healthy emotional development and well-being of under five-year-olds:
“Parental sensitivity and healthy and secure attachment relationships are the foundation of good emotional, psychological and social development in infants and young children. At the same time, insecure or ‘disorganised’ attachment patterns, continued into childhood and adult life, can have devastating emotional and social consequences.”