Social Work Events Assessing and Intervening in Emerging Infant Mental Health Masterclass

Intended Audience

All Social Workers within Children’s and Family Services in:

  • Calderdale Council
  • Kirklees Council
  • City of York Council
  • North Yorkshire County Council


The first part of the masterclass will examine recent evidence about the impact of maltreatment on the brain and neurological functioning of children, and evidence that the early years represent a sensitive developmental period. It will examine the impact on children’s long-term development of significant adversity in the form of abuse and neglect during the early years.

The second part of the session will examine what the evidence tells us about assessment, and will describe an innovative model of undertaking assessment of capacity to change (C2C) within the content of an early intervention. Finally the session will examine what the most recent evidence tells us about the most effective methods of working to prevent and reduce the recurrence of abuse.

Jane Barlow (DPhil, FFPH Hon) is a Professor of Evidence Based Intervention in the Early Years at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. Jane’s main research interest is the role of early parenting in the aetiology of mental health problems, and the evaluation of early interventions aimed at improving parenting practices. Jane also undertakes research to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions aimed at preventing and reducing the recurrence of child abuse.  She is currently President of the Association of Infant Mental Health, Editor-in-Chief of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH), and a member of PreVAiL (Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan).

Additional Information

This event is free to attend but please ensure you seek your managers permission before booking.

Spaces will be allocated pro-rata therefore we may contact you after booking if the allocation for your local authority has already been reached.

Please note that lunch will not be provided.

Venue details
Leeds Town Hall
The Headrow
Leeds LS1 3AD