UK: New framework for training in infant mental health

05 July 2019

A new competencies framework has been launched to help practitioners working with children from birth to two years to identify gaps in their training.


The Infant Mental Health Competencies Framework (IMHCF) has been developed by the Association for Infant Mental Health UK, in partnership with the International Training School for Infancy and Early Years. It is aimed at those working with families and infants, including health visitors, and is being piloted before a wider roll-out.

President of the association Jane Barlow said: ‘The framework will ensure that healthcare practitioners have access to training and resources, the benefits of which will be far-reaching now and in the future.’

The IMHCF has 63 competencies divided into seven areas with graded levels, allowing it to cater for a variety of roles.


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