Lewisham launch of Five to Thrive

A conference at Lewisham University Hospital saw Public Health come together with Children's Centres for the launch of Five to Thrive in the borough of Lewisham, which will contribute greatly towards Lewisham's aim of becoming a UNICEF 'Baby Friendly' borough.

The conference was opened by Director of Children's Services, Frankie Sulke who reminded conference that the money the local authority has to spend on services for children belongs to the children, and that every penny must be for the benefit of the children of Lewisham.

This was followed with hard-hitting keynote presentations from Carmel Duffy from UNICEF on becoming a 'Baby Friendly' borough, and our very own Kate Cairns on the neuroscience behind Five to Thrive.

Managers from Health, Early Years, Education, Social Care, and voluntary sector services joined in a working lunch to plan taking Five to Thrive into their own services. In the afternoon Children's Centres then worked together on planning and implementation.

We now look forward to supporting Lewisham on their continuing journey towards becoming a 'Baby Friendly' borough and their innovative and inspiring plans to use Five to Thrive in practice.

New associate: Jane Herd

KCA is very excited to welcome Jane Herd as an associate. A lecturer and researcher with more than 25 years experience in social work, Jane has both the practice experience and academic rigour to make a real difference as a KCA trainer.

As she is based in Essex, we imagine that her work will be centred around London and the East of England, although, as with many of our associates, there may be demand from much further afield.

You can see more detail on Jane's CV and experience by visiting her associate page.

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