PIP UK and Andrea Leadsom MP
The charity Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK provides support to struggling families in the ante and postnatal periods. Its primary focus is in early intervention for parents who are experiencing psychological or emotional distress so that their babies can have a secure and stable environment to thrive.
The campaign arm of PIP UK is the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto, comprised of a cross-party group of parliamentarians and supported by health, education and social care bodies. The key aim of the 1001 Critical Days Manifestio is to ensure that the government of the day has a strong evidence based policy framework to give babies the best start in life.
Recently, PIP UK held the UK's first Infant Mental Health Awarebess Week (6-10 June) in partnership with a coalition of organisations including Public Health England (PHE), the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and over 100 national child and family organisations across health, education and social care.
PIP UK welcomes the current high profile of perinatal mental health in the national agenda. The committment shown by Government to reduce mental ill health and the hard work done by independant agencies such as the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) and Action on Postpartum Psychosis to improve the life chances of babies and their relationships should be embraced by maternity services and social care.
PIP UK believes that a preventative strategy across the life-course beginning in pregnancy will help to improve outcomes and that present momentum should continue.
The charity was founded by Andrea Leadsom MP and she remains the Founder and Patron of PIP UK.