OXPIP tackles some of society's most challenging issues by helping parents and their babies to form strong and loving attachments. OXPIP is the pioneer and the country’s main deliverer of psychotherapy that involves both the parent and the infant and specifically focuses on the relationship between them.
Impetus support package
Impetus investment period: 2012 - 2013 (Plan phase investment*)
Approved grant funding: £100,000
* Plan phase investment is an initial investment period to develop the plan for growth. It is usually followed by further investment over a longer period.
Impetus has invested in OXPIP as part of its Early Years Initiative.
Developing bonds between parent and baby can be challenging but is crucial for the long-term emotional wellbeing of the child.
The consequences of insecure attachment and damaged relationships can include life-long physical, mental and emotional disabilities and disadvantages, and contribute to crime, violence and anti-social behaviour. These bring unhappiness to the individuals concerned, stress and disorder to their families and neighbours, and high financial costs to the statutory agencies (social services, the NHS, schools, courts and prisons) that have to cope with the consequences.
Recognised as a pioneer in their field, the Oxford Parent-Infant Project (OXPIP) offers therapeutic support to parents and their babies from birth to the age of two. They work with over 200 families a year in Oxfordshire who come from a wide range of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds, offering one-to-one support as well as a variety of group sessions, working through children's centres and GP practices.
Background to the investment
Impetus is investing in OXPIP for 12 - 18 months with a view to making a longer-term investment at the end of the planning process.
The objective for the initial Impetus investment will be to clarify the shape and scale of OXPIP’s growth potential over the next three to four years, develop its training strategy and develop the organisational capacity and capability. The aim is to further increase its delivery in Oxfordshire and beyond.
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