Amanda McIntyre

CEO - The For Baby’s Sake Trust

Amanda McIntyre is CEO of The For Baby’s Sake Trust, a charity using a catalytic model of philanthropy to protect vulnerable infants and tackle complex social problems.  Amanda led The For Baby’s Sake Trust’s multi-agency and interdisciplinary teamwork between highly respected experts to create For Baby’s Sake, the programme for expectant parents who want to break the cycle of domestic abuse and give their baby the best start in life.  It is the first programme to work with both parents during the baby’s first 1001 days, starting in pregnancy, and combine a trauma-informed approach with a focus on infant mental health and attachment.  Amanda’s career has focused on bringing together the public, private and voluntary sectors to improve public services and strengthen local communities. This included 18 years, until 2004, at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry),holding various positions including Head of Modernising Government.  Amanda is from Belfast and lived in the city until heading for university in England in 1982.  She retains strong family ties and ‘comes home’ regularly.  Roll-on the end of lockdown!

Tuesday - 15:45

Monday - Wednesday Workshops

Workshop Three - Judith Rees & Amanda McIntyre

Video Interaction Guidance: Breaking cycles of domestic abuse and giving babies the best start

This workshop will share lessons from For Baby’s Sake, a programme working with both parents, whether together as a couple or not, from pregnancy until the baby is aged two.  An evaluation, led by King’s College London and published in 2020, found that the programme was the first to address existing limitations of whole-family responses to domestic violence and abuse (DVA), stating that 'other interventions do not target the impacts of DVA in utero, or combine trauma-informed DVA support with attachment- focused parenting support for both parents; key gaps that For Baby’s Sake is addressing within this programme’.  This workshop will explain how For Baby’s Sake works therapeutically and safely, focusing on the key change mechanisms, with a focus on the use of Video Interactive Guidance to support mentalisation and attuned interaction between parents and babies and explaining how this is complemented by Inner Child work within a trauma-informed recovery framework.