What is the problem?
One in five children in the UK experience domestic abuse and this can have a profound impact on the rest of their lives. Babies are particularly affected, while they are in the womb and until the age of two. The stress of domestic abuse affects the development of their brains and bodies. Babies who experience this sort of adversity are more likely to experience mental health issues, to struggle at school, to become involved in substance misuse and criminal behaviour and to experience domestic abuse or be abusive themselves in later life - continuing the cycle of poor outcomes and lost opportunity across generations.
For Baby’s Sake aims to bring an end to domestic abuse and give babies the best possible start in life. It is the UK’s first whole family change programme which starts in pregnancy, continues until the baby is aged two and works with both mother and father, whether or not they are a couple when they join the programme or subsequently. Working with expectant parents early in the pregnancy harnesses their motivations and offers them a chance to make changes that last, for them and their baby. The programme works therapeutically with parents. The material they cover and the relationship they build with their practitioners enables parents to process feelings about their past, especially their own childhoods, and empowers them to take responsibility for themselves and enjoy caring for their baby. For Baby’s Sake is an evidence-based response to domestic abuse, trauma and what babies need during the first 1001 days from conception to age two.
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We have commissioned an independent, four-year evaluation from King’s College London (2015-2019). The final report will be published early in 2020. Together with King’s College London, we have already started to share their experience of the evaluation and interim findings. The aim of the evaluation has been to provide external data on the innovation within For Baby’s Sake and how the programme has been operating over the prototype period. The evaluation includes quantitative and qualitative data, including feedback from families, practitioners and stakeholders. The evaluation will inform the ongoing development and future evaluation of For Baby’s Sake.