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Born into care: infants in the family justice system

Cases of newborn babies subject to care proceedings raise particularly difficult challenges for all parties involved. The aim of this event, which was attended by over 120 practitioners, was to prompt conversations among all stakeholders about how the protection of newborn babies can be managed to minimise harm for all parties. The event highlights some examples of innovative practice from across the country. Thank you to all the presenters and attendees.

“Such a relief to see how many people really care about this stuff”

Event attendee


“It’s very exciting to see the potential of the research and the impact it could have on policy”

Event attendee

Resources available for download

Slideshows for parallel session A

Download Perinatal care in custody, Fiona Dry HMP Low Newton

Download Families do achieve change, Jo Greenway, Coventry Local Authority

Download Baby steps to big changes, Tori Joel, Baby Steps

Slideshows for parallel session B

Download Once in a lifetime, Monika Celebi Video Interaction Guider

Download Strengthening families, Jo Garraway, Salford City Council

Download Concurrent planning, Mike Hall, Concurrent Planning Service

Download When Trevi House met BBC Panrama, Hannah Shead, Trevi House

Slideshows for parallel session C

Watch the presentations for session C

Download Research in the family justice system, Louise Harrington, NSPCC

Download Supporting mothers facing separation from their baby, Denise Marshall, Birth Companions

Download Parenting assessments and beyond, Sue Pettigrew, St. Michael’s Fellowship

Download Me in mind, Kelly Wilkes, West Sussex County Council

Slideshows for parallel session D

Download Mellow bumps, James Cooksey, Walsall Council

Download Bethlem Hospital perinatal inpatient service, Jackie Davies and Priti Patel, King’s College London

Download Cafcass plus, Alex Kemp, Cafcass

Download Parent and child foster care, Lucy November, King’s College London


Download An incarcerated pregnancy poster

Download Human rights challenges experienced by perinatal women facing severe and multiple disadvantages poster
Download Mothers separated from their children in prison poster 

Download Pregnancy and motherhood in prison poster

Key themes from stakeholder discussion groups

Download key themes from stakeholder discussion groups infographic

“Very good opportunity to hear a range of perspectives and meet people”

Event attendee