Children and Young People Now Awards 2018

20 November 2018

An innovative parenting project from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is among a strong field of nominees in tomorrow’s (November 21) Children and Young People Now Awards.

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The Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) project has been nominated in the Mental Health and Wellbeing category alongside other creative mental health projects from across the UK.

The winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony on at the Hurlingham Club in London.

VIPP-SD was originally developed by some of the world’s leading attachment researchers from Leiden University in Holland. VIPP-SD practitioners work primarily with caregivers and young children, using non-intrusive video technology to record visits and caregiver/child interaction, the intervener can spend time studying reactions and pick up on signals and behaviours that could otherwise be missed in real time. The intervener is trained to identify these often tiny clues and work with families to find effective solutions to any challenging behaviour or attachment issues, sharing the footage to illustrate specific points.

In 2014, The Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT) successfully submitted a bid, in conjunction with the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, to the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA)  to bring VIPP-SD to the UK, in order to increase adopters for harder to place children and develop an evidence-based post-adoption support intervention.

Since then 45 professionals have been trained in VIPP-SD, and as a result of completing the training, over 60 new families have received VIPP-SD. In addition, a VIPP Community of Practice (a shared learning forum) was launched in June 2018 for all UK trained practitioners, of which there are almost 50 members to date.

VIPP-SD has been shown via randomized control trials to be extremely effective with a variety of groups (under 5’s, adoptive parents, childcare for example) and its successes have been extensively reported in many peer reviewed journals.

Rachel James, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, co-lead for the National VIPP Unit said:

“We’re delighted to have our innovative work with video-feedback interventions recognised by the Children and Young People Now awards, and to be part of a strong field in the Mental Health and Wellbeing category.

“It’s great to have this recognition not only for the project team, but also for our recently launched VIPP-SD Community of Practice and all our UK trained practitioners.”

Andy Elvin, CEO of TACT said: 

“TACT is proud that VIPP-SD has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. It is testament to the highly innovative nature of the project, the excellent work of VIPP-SSD practitioners, and the positive impact it has had on the lives of adoptive families.”


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