Solihull Approach in Practice (print version)

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This book brings together the experience of practitioners from different areas of the UK and internationally from Australia. Inspiring and touching! It covers a wide range of applications of the Solihull Approach, from antenatal and postnatal support, to a perinatal unit, children’s centres, schools, prisons and firefighters.

This book will be relevant to everyone with an interest in:

  • Infant mental health
  • The importance of relationships
  • Workforce development
  • Preventing mental illness
  • Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Perinatal mental health (maternal and paternal)
  • Trauma awareness
  • Responding to knowledge about the impact of childhood adversity (ACEs)
  • Parenting and parents to be
  • Universal family support
  • Targeted family support
  • Resilience
  • Attachment
  • Schools
  • Prisons
  • Communities

Comments from contributors:

‘What is exquisite about the Solihull Approach is that it offers a way of thinking that can be applied to clinical (and life) problems at any developmental stage and any level of complexity.’ (Vivian Lee, Perinatal and Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Georgina Timmins, Registered Mental Health Nurse and Family Therapist, Victoria, Australia)

‘Hopefully not sounding too evangelical, but the Solihull Approach training opened a window to a whole new world for me and a way of viewing that world. I have been involved in work with young people for over 30 years and it changed the way that I engage not just with young people but colleagues and family.’ (Alistair Macintosh, Youth Engagement Officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service)

‘When I was properly introduced to the Solihull Approach I definitely experienced that ‘light bulb’ moment. I think it is important to recognise that the Solihull Approach is more than just another series of parenting programmes; it is more holistic and should be applied throughout all areas of work.’ (Louise Moreton, Senior Health Lead (Children’s centres) Birmingham, UK)

‘It’s all about recognising emotions in yourself and your child and understanding how they impact upon behaviours rather than the old fashioned praising of good behaviours and ignoring of bad. It acknowledges that perceived bad behaviours need attention too as the cause may be stress/unhappiness/anxiety and those things shouldn’t be ignored but supported.’ (Jen Hopkins, Parent)

‘It isn’t possible to compartmentalise how the Solihull Approach is used within my role. I feel that it is intrinsic to my role and to myself as a compassionate human being. The Solihull Approach is so embedded in my work that it works unconsciously.’ (Amy Sadler, Infant Feeding Specialist, Solihull)


  1. Introduction
    Hazel Douglas
  2. The Solihull Approach model
    Hazel Douglas
  3. How the Solihull Approach started
    Hazel Douglas
  4. A note on theory into practice
    Hazel Douglas
  5. Managing a large roll out of the Solihull Approach: Shropshire
    Karen Ladd
  6. From small beginnings: the Solihull Approach in Northern Ireland
    Averil Bassett
  7. The Solihull Approach in the antenatal and postnatal period
    Mary Rheeston
  8. IT’S A GIRL! (A mother’s experience of the Solihull Approach antenatal group)
    Terezie Leach
  9. NO WAY! (A father’s experience of the Solihull Approach antenatal group)
    Jackie Leach
  10. Using the Solihull Approach in a therapeutic parent and infant unit in rural Australia
    Vivian Lee and Georgina Timmins
  11. The Solihull Approach and Peer Breastfeeding Supporter training
    Mary Rheeston, Elaine Kindred-Spalding and Amy Sadler
  12. The Solihull Approach Postnatal group ‘Understanding your baby’
    Mary Rheeston
  13. The Solihull Approach: a children’s centres perspective
    Louise Moreton
  14. The Solihull Approach and schools
    Rebecca Johnson
  15. Solihull Approach Workshops for parents
    Karen Ladd
  16. Ravenswood Primary School: a school’s experience of teaching children the Solihull Approach
    Jacklyn Purdon
  17. Delivering Solihull Approach training in primary and secondary schools in North Lanarkshire Council
    Cheryl Valentine
  18. Implementing the Solihull Approach in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
    Cheryl Valentine
  19. Social workers and the Solihull Approach
    Sheina Rigg
  20. Delivering the ‘Understanding your child’ parent programme in a prison setting
    Denise Kelly, Sean McCracken, Catarina Smith and Cheryl Valentine
  21. Solihull Approach for adults: Keeping Trauma in Mind
    Clea Thompson and Andrew Summers
  22. The evidence
    Rebecca Johnson