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Andrea Leadsom Launches £1m Charity

Author: Marc Pooler Published: 18th May 2012 05:13

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South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom will today launch Parent-Infant Partnership UK (PIP UK), a charitable foundation to provide funding and support to organizations setting up PIPs in their local area. (PIPs provide psychotherapeutic support for families that are struggling to form a secure bond with their babies).
PIP UK has already secured commitments of up to £1m to fund the first phase of its work.

The initiative will be unveiled at a conference on Friday 18 May looking at all aspects of Early Years Intervention, which Andrea Leadsom is jointly hosting with the University of Northampton; Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is the Keynote Speaker.

Commenting on the launch of PIP UK, Andrea Leadsom said:
“Britain is crying out for PIPs.
"The trigger for many of Britain’s most difficult social problems can be traced back to the failure to build a strong and loving relationship between a baby and his or her parents in the first two years of life.

"Building a secure bond with a new baby should be a simple and natural process.  Sadly, for some mums (and dads) it proves very difficult without some support.  Post natal depression, domestic violence and issues around poverty and deprivation can have profound consequences for the earliest relationship and can, in turn, affect the baby's lifelong emotional health.  PIPs help mums (and dads) to overcome the obstacles.

"I know from personal experience that setting up a PIP from scratch is a massive undertaking. PIP UK will help local practitioners to deal with the administrative and practical arrangements of establishing a PIP, and also give them significant financial assistance.
"I’m thrilled to be able to launch PIP UK, immensely grateful to those who’ve made it possible and really excited that here is a real opportunity to change our society for the better.”



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