Approach

What we do and how we do it

Through regular community-based check-ups, this universal service supports all families, building positive relationships over time. These check-ups are done in a multi-disciplinary context where monitoring of growth and all areas of development, including parent-child relationship and attachment, is provided. The focus on parents’ wellbeing, supported by clinicians who bring specialist skills into the universal arena, enhancing prevention and early identification. PCPS® also identifies developmental delay and difficulties at an early stage, enabling referral for additional support.

Infant-caregiver attunement

PCPS® analyses infant-caregiver interaction to provide personalised feedback to parents to promote mutual understanding and attunement. Infant-caregiver attunement is at the core of the basic template for relationships in a child’s mind. In this relationship, the infant’s brain relies on the parent’s mature functioning to organise its own processes and emotions. Psychological processes involved in parent-child interaction can alter brain structure and gene expression and, if developed properly, help to build a healthy brain and emotional security. This can lead to resilient functioning in the face of adversity later in life.
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Guidance and support on parenting issues

PCPS® provides parents with the results of the monitoring of their child’s growth and developmental progress in all the areas, at each visit. While providing them with this personalized information PCPS® accompanies parents in their parenting journey by listening to their parenting issues and offering practical advice/support. There is great diversity among families and their circumstances. PCPS®, through an individually tailored intervention, includes a screening procedure for cases that require more support, over and above routine assistance, including referring parents to other services for additional support.

Guidance and support on parenting issues

PCPS® provides parents with the results of the monitoring of their child’s growth and developmental progress in all the areas, at each visit. While providing them with this personalized information PCPS® accompanies parents in their parenting journey by listening to their parenting issues and offering practical advice/support. There is great diversity among families and their circumstances. PCPS®, through an individually tailored intervention, includes a screening procedure for cases that require more support, over and above routine assistance, including referring parents to other services for additional support.

Minding the minder

PCPS® empowers parents in their parenting practices, supporting them to enjoy the experience of parenting, with an explicit component of ‘minding the minder’ because the emotional well-being of the baby is related to the emotional well-being of their caregiver. Being a parent is a big change in life that, due to the required adjustments, is stressful; therefore, parenting a baby needs support.
“Having a child is considered to be a highly stressful transitional event in life one that, in some cases, can disturb a person’s balance. Therefore, all parents of newborns require support.” Prof. Cerezo, PCPS® Developer.