Andrea gets backing for national PIP charity

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith speaks about Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership at Whittlebury Park Atrium. He is joined by MP Andrea Leadsom and Nick Petford.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith speaks about Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership at Whittlebury Park Atrium. He is joined by MP Andrea Leadsom and Nick Petford.
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A CAMPAIGN started by South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom to tackle Britain’s most difficult social problems was given the backing of a Conservative cabinet member last week along with £1million funding.

During a conference at Whittlebury Hall on Friday, May 18, Ian Duncan Smith, from Swanbourne near Winslow, helped Mrs Leadsom unveil the first phase of national role out of the Parent-Infant Partnership UK (PIP UK).

Mrs Leadsom helped set up a PIP in Oxford (OXPIP) before she became an MP and opened a Northants branch (NORPIP) in Towcester the moment she was elected. The charity provides professional support for families struggling to form a secure bond with their baby.

Mrs Leadsom said: “Britain is crying out for PIPs. The trigger for many of Britain’s most difficult social problems can be traced back to the failure to build a strong and loving relationship between a baby and his or her parents in the first two years of life.

“Building a secure bond with a new baby should be a simple and natural process. Sadly, for some mums, and dads, it proves very difficult without some support.”

Mrs Leadsom said an insecure bond can affect the lifelong prospects of a child and that PIP UK will make it much easier for groups to be set up around the country.

Mrs Leadsom said she was thrilled at the real opportunity to change society for the better.