Enabling 21st century parents: Understanding family and community relationships


Thursday 23 March 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Maternity & the Newborn Forum , The Brazelton Centre UK


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The Maternity & the Newborn Forum of The Royal Society of Medicine is pleased to announce that this one day meeting is in association with the Brazelton Centre UK.

Forming and maintaining a functioning family unit can be stressful and challenging and the emotional health of each family member depends in large part on its success. In bringing together health, sociological, psychological and policy experts from the US and the UK, this meeting will provide a unique forum to consider theories and practice around how best to support parent-infant and child relationships and thereby lay the foundations for a flourishing family and society.

This meeting features contributions from leading experts in the field of parenting, such as Penelope Leach and Dr Vicky Leong. The keynote session “The Brazelton touchpoints approach to supporting the social-emotional health of young children and their Parents" will be given by Dr Jayne Singer, a Clinical Psychologist teaching the Touchpoints Model of child development and parenting. The training for this model is currently only available in the USA and Dr Singer will be sharing her expertise in the UK for the first time. The Touchpoints approach is a continuation of Dr Brazelton’s earlier work on understanding newborn communication and development. This approach is of great interest to current policy and practice development in the UK, as emphasis is placed on improving relationships and child outcomes.

By the end of this event, delegates will have:

  • Explored challenges to parenting with confidence in 21st century Britain.
  • Reviewed the neuroscientific impact of parent-infant interaction.
  • Explored and debated the policy and community context of working with children and families in the UK.


The meeting will be of most interest to practitioners, researchers and policy makers working with communities and families however all disciplines and grades are welcome to attend.

call for abstracts

The Wendy Savage travel bursary

Submission deadline: Sunday 22 January 2017
Meeting date: Thursday 23 March 2017
Bursary: £500 and a year’s membership to the RSM

To find out more information on the above bursary, click here.


9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

Welcome and introduction

9.40 am

Prize presentation of The Wendy Savage travel bursary

9.45 am

Parenting in the UK today: Conflicts and capabilities

Professor Penelope Leach, Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care, Winchester University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck, University of London

10.30 am

Mindfulness and parenting

Dr Maret Dymond, Clinical Psychologist, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Teacher and Trainer, The Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

11.15 am


11.30 am

Tea and coffee break

12.00 pm

The Brazelton touchpoints approach to supporting the social-emotional health of young children and their parents

Dr Jayne Singer, Clinical Psychologist, Touchpoints, Boston, MA

12.45 pm


1.00 pm


2.00 pm

Mother-infant brain synchronicity : Implications for early learning

Dr Vicky Leong, Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2.45 pm

Minding the baby

Professor Elizabeth Meins, Professor of Psychology, University of York

3.15 pm


3.30 pm

Tea and coffee break

4.00 pm

It takes a village: Working with children, families and communities in 'a better start'

Chris Cuthbert, Director of Development, Big Lottery Fund

4.30 pm

Putting research into practice: Panel discussion

5.00 pm

Closing remarks

5.05 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

5.10 pm

Close of meeting

5.20 pm

Drinks reception

To celebrate the Brazelton Centre UK 20th anniversary

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External event of interest

Working effectively with fathers in the perinatal period
Date: Friday 29 September 2017
Organised by: Association For Infant Mental Health (UK)

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For information on this event, contact Verity CottonTel: 02072903947 Email: maternity@rsm.ac.uk arrow