Primary Interventionists in the Team Around the Child approach



Primary Interventionists in the Team Around the Child approach: A guide for managers and practitioners supporting families whose baby or infant has a multifaceted condition

Written Peter Limbrick


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Moving towards the primary interventionist model is an antidote to child and family overload in ECI and early support services


“Long-term stress and strain in families can surely contribute to later mental ill-health for children, parents and other close family members. These mental states should not be underestimated. Coupled with anxiety about the child’s future and a feeling of being out of control of the family, they can overwhelm parents, keeping them awake into the small hours and bringing up very dark thoughts.

“Unhelpful patterns of service delivery that add to stress and strain come from practitioners and managers who are trying to help. So, what is going wrong? A big part of the answer is overload of children and parents with just too many practitioners and programmes. In outdated thinking, this overload is an appropriate and inevitable response to the baby or infant’s multifaceted condition. There is a problem to address here needing all our creativity and willingness to change.”

This new publication (autumn 2018) argues that for some children and families, ECI and early support services should move towards the primary interventionist model. The model is explained in detail with family stories.

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