'For Baby’s Sake- Intervention Development and Evaluation Design of a Whole-Family Perinatal Intervention' was published in January 2019 in the Journal of Family Violence. This peer-reviewed academic paper summarises the process of developing For Baby’s Sake and how it has been embedded within two different settings and describes the evaluation design using early data to illustrate successes and challenges. It was written jointly by King's College London (with Dr Jill Domoney as the lead author) and the Stefanou Foundation.
The paper describes how the programme was developed following a review of the evidence and extensive stakeholder engagement. Three experts co-designed the content in partnership with the Stefanou Foundation and the programme delivery teams have been integrated into two local authorities. The paper also explains how the evaluation uses mixed methods to assess abuse victimisation/perpetration, mental health, parenting and child outcomes, alongside service user experiences of early engagement. Forty individuals (27 women and 13 men) have been recruited to the evaluation study and were interviewed by the evaluation team and also enabled the collection of data using accredited measurement tools. Early findings suggest that parents value the novel approach of For Baby’s Sake and their relationships with practitioners. Data on parents’ mental health and childhood adversities supports the decision to create a trauma-informed intervention. Interventions for domestic abuse are necessary to improve health and behaviour outcomes for families and prevent intergenerational transmission of abuse and developmental trauma.
For Baby’s Sake addresses limitations of existing interventions, through its trauma-informed, attachment-based, whole-family approach. Early data from the evaluation suggests that the programme is reaching its intended audience and that service users appreciate the supportive approach.
The full paper is available here- Journal of Family Violence- January 2019