Parent Space: Information for Referrers
What is Parent Space?
Parent space is a unique project funded by the Pudsey Cluster that has been put in place to address parents’ mental and emotional health where it is demonstrated that this is having an impact on the child achieving and maintaining the 5 outcomes identified in the Leeds Children and Young People’s Plan.
The purpose of Parent Space is to support parents who are experiencing mental/emotional health problems. The parent, or a practitioner working with them, would be worried that their mental or emotional health may be impacting on their ability to parent and is having an impact on their child. The practitioner will have discussed this with the parent before contacting Parent Space.
The aim of the sessions is to help the parent to feel more understood so that they feel more able to respond to and understand their child, and to help the child feel more understood through relating, playing and language.
Parent Space works by using a combined approach between:
- the Parent Space Child Psychotherapist with specialist skills in parent/child relationships and emotional/mental health difficulties
- the skills and knowledge of a support worker/practitioner who has an ongoing relationship with the family. The support worker could be, but is not restricted to, a family worker, learning mentor, etc.
How the families are supported:
Families are offered 60 minute appointments with the Parent Space Child Psychotherapist. The practitioner working with the family will join them for the first session and then for a part of further sessions to link the work they are doing with the family to the Parent Space work. This arrangement is discussed and negotiated with the family and the practitioner. Families are initially offered a block of 7 sessions.
Sessions will be offered for parents alone, and parents with their child or children, depending on the needs of the family.
How to Make a Parent Space Referral:
Please complete the referral forms electronically and email to firstname.lastname@example.org (you should password protect the document before sending). You may fax the form to us but please telephone 0113 387 1889 to arrange this, or you may post it (marked private and confidential) to: Pudsey Cluster, c/o Priesthorpe School, Priesthorpe Lane, Pudsey LS28 5SG.
Information for Referrers
Further information about the Guidance and Support offered by the Pudsey Cluster, or any queries in relation to completing this form, please contact the Pudsey Leadership Team on 0113 387 1889.
Child Space Information for Referrers
What Is Child Space ?
Babies and very young children rely on their caregivers to make sense of their emotional and bodily states. Where parents are preoccupied with their own difficulties it can be harder for them to tune into their infants’ needs. Common conditions such as depression and anxiety can reduce caregivers’ emotional availability and their capacity to register and respond to their infants’ communications. This can mean that infants and small children become overwhelmed by their own feelings, leading to a range of difficulties such as sleeping or feeding problems, severe and prolonged tantrums, or becoming emotionally withdrawn or very difficult to soothe.
Child Space is a unique pilot service, integrated with Health, which aims to help parents understand and respond to their child’s emotional needs and thus promote positive attachment relationships. The service is based on child development research, including attachment theory and infant observation, and is aimed at families with children from 0 – 5 years. It offers a space for parents to think about their concerns with a professional trained in children’s mental health, which can lead to better understanding of children’s behaviour and emotional needs.
Uniquely, Child Space typically involves the baby or young child as an important partner in the therapeutic work and, wherever possible, both parents are encouraged to come to sessions
Who Can Benefit from Child Space ?
Child Space is a service for families whose concern is focused on anxiety about their baby or small child up to the age of 5, and including the perinatal period.
Concerns can encompass a wide range of worries but can include babies who won’t sleep, or eat, or have weaning difficulties, or who cry incessantly; toddlers with tantrums, or who are withdrawn or who have separation anxieties; the impact of bereavement or divorce and the impact of parental mental health difficulties such as depression.
Who Offers Child Space ?
Child Space is offered by Mary Lindley, an NHS-trained child & adolescent psychotherapist and full member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), which is registered with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). Mary has worked in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Wakefield and Leeds. She is experienced in child development and infant observation, and a former tutor of infant observation on the Masters in Psychoanalytic Studies Programme at the Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP) in Leeds.
Where does Child Space take place ?
The service is offered on Tuesday mornings at Pudsey Children’s Centre. There is space to offer two appointments for families, plus a consultation session for referrers.
How Do I Make A Referral ?
- An initial consultation must be arranged with Mary to gain a fuller picture of the family’s situation and concerns, to help decide if Child Space is an appropriate service before any approach to the family. Consultations can be arranged by email: email@example.com
- A referral can then be made via the Pudsey Cluster using the Child Space Request form, Child Space Service Request May 2016
- If a first appointment is offered to the family it is usually most helpful for the referrer to attend the session too. This can help the family to feel supported and to engage in the therapeutic process. It also helps referrers to have a greater awareness of what Child Space offers.
- Close links with the referral network, including the GP, are maintained for the duration of any intervention.