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Infant Mental Health

PoP have developed the following infant mental health training initiatives to allow increased training opportunities to Early Years Practitioners in Scotland.

Advanced Infant Mental Health Training Scheme

Building on the success of our other infant and early childhood mental health training initiatives, NHS Education for Scotland, through the Psychology of Parenting Team, is now delighted to offer and Advanced Infant Mental Health Training Scheme to Early Years Workers in Scotland.

The training scheme follows a stepped approach to develop highly-trained, competent practitioners who will then be able to build local sustainability for interventions within their area. 




The online training (IMHoL) has been developed by academic staff at Warwick University and will commence in September 2018. Successful applicants who complete this course will then have the option to apply for further training in an infant mental health intervention.

Applications for Cohort 2 are now closed. Please check the NES website and NES Portal for any updates on furture training opportunities.


Access the NES Online Infant Mental Health Module HERE


Please see below for further information on the training scheme:

AIMH Flyer   AIMH Training Flyer


AIMH Flyer VIG/Mellow Training Flyer


Guidance For Managers VIG - Guidance for Managers




Solihull Approach Cascade Scheme (SACS)

The Solihull Approach comprises a suite of standardised trainings designed to help practitioners think psychologically about development in the earliest years of life and to integrate an understanding of infant mental health into their everyday practice.

The model incorporates early brain development with established psychological theories of child development, with the theoretical concepts of containment (from psychoanalytic theory), reciprocity (from child development and attachment theory) and behaviour management (from social learning theory).

In 2014, NES initiated a programme to cascade the Solihull Approach to professionals working in early years services. The rationale behind this was in keeping with the Scottish Government's policy to make basic infant mental health training more widely available to professionals who work with children, (commitment 8, Mental Health Strategy 2012-15). The SACS project aims to develop the Solihull Approach as a key practice model for staff and to build capacity within the workforce to ensure sustainability.

A cohort of trainers with the capability to deliver Foundation Level Solihull Training has been established in most healthboards across Scotland. 


Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Briefing Paper

Please click here to access the most recent briefing paper NES Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Work published February 2019.


For any enquiries about the above initiatives please email PoPP Administrator Emma Cairns -