New charity set up to help forge relationships between parents and children

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SOUTH Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has launched a £1 million charity to help parent-baby relationships.

She has set up the Parent-Infant Partnership UK (PIP UK), a charity which provides psychotherapeutic support for families struggling to form a secure bond with their babies.

It helps mums with tactics such as eye contact securing a psychological link that experts believe can help stop children going off the rails in later years

Mrs Leadsom has already set up Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire version of the charity.

The new organisation will provide funding and support to anyone wanting to set up PIPs in their local area,

The MP revealed her plans at a joint conference with the University of Northampton in The Atrium in Whittlebury Park in Whittlebury this week.

She said: “I know from personal experience that setting up a PIP from scratch is a massive undertaking.

“PIP UK will help local practitioners to deal with the administrative and practical arrangements of establishing a PIP, and also give them significant financial assistance.”

PIP UK has already secured commitments from philanthropists up to £1 million to fund the first phase of its work.

The MP added: “I’m thrilled to be able to launch PIP UK, immensely grateful to those who made it possible and really excited that here is a real opportunity to change our society for the better.”

The conference looked at all aspects of Early Years Intervention. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was the keynote speaker at the event.