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The BeST? Services Trial

The BeST? Services Trial: effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the New Orleans Intervention Model for Infant Mental Health


BeST? is a randomised controlled trial comparing an infant mental health service (the New Orleans Intervention Model (NIM)) with Social Work Services -as-usual.  It aims to find out what is the best service for young abused and neglected pre-school children coming into foster care.

The BeST? Services Research Trial team is trying to find out which service works best for children’s development. Therefore, we are inviting all families to take part if they have a child aged between 0 and 5 years when they enter an episode of foster care in Glasgow or South London.


Please watch this short video explaining the trial. "A New Opportunity - the BeST? Services Trial". This is aimed at potential families and foster carers.


This  video  "A Gold Standard - the BeST? Services Trial", is aimed at legal professionals as well as social workers, who would support their clients to consider taking part in the trial


Below, Professor Helen Minns, Chief Investigator of the BeST? Trial discussed the rationale of the research. 



 Please download our leaflets here


- Participant Information Leaflet

- Professionals Information Leaflet

- London Infant Family Team Leaflet or visit the NSPCC website

The BeST? Services Trial

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